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Harlequin68 Harlequin68
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½ December 14, 2009
In "Celine," Genevieve(Lisa Heredia) is a divorced visiting nurse with a weak heart who comes across Celine(Isabelle Pasco) sobbing inconsolably in the street after her stepfather died in her arms and she was dumped by her boyfriend Olivier(Francois Rauscher). Genevieve does the right thing by driving her home but her obligation does not end there because she also has to rescue Celine after she attempts suicide by taking sleeping pills and diving in a pond. Genevieve ends up making a deal with Celine's stepmother(Daniele Lebrun) to look after her in return for a temporary base of operations at her country home. But Celine has to do her share of the work...

"Celine" is a thought provoking movie about the relationship between two women that turns out to be a pleasant surprise in being more about class differences than sex, illustrated in how some people have to work so hard for what little they have while others have it handed to them. Take Celine, for example. She was adopted by a wealthy couple shortly after her mother died in childbirth. On the other hand, Genevieve has built a successful practice with hard work, even with a serious health condition that might have sidelined anyone else and tries to get Celine to adopt her work ethic. At least, yoga comes easily to her. As the movie takes an unusual turn in its second half, a most extreme example presents itself.
Harlequin68 Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
½ December 14, 2009
In "Celine," Genevieve(Lisa Heredia) is a divorced visiting nurse with a weak heart who comes across Celine(Isabelle Pasco) sobbing inconsolably in the street after her stepfather died in her arms and she was dumped by her boyfriend Olivier(Francois Rauscher). Genevieve does the right thing by driving her home but her obligation does not end there because she also has to rescue Celine after she attempts suicide by taking sleeping pills and diving in a pond. Genevieve ends up making a deal with Celine's stepmother(Daniele Lebrun) to look after her in return for a temporary base of operations at her country home. But Celine has to do her share of the work...

"Celine" is a thought provoking movie about the relationship between two women that turns out to be a pleasant surprise in being more about class differences than sex, illustrated in how some people have to work so hard for what little they have while others have it handed to them. Take Celine, for example. She was adopted by a wealthy couple shortly after her mother died in childbirth. On the other hand, Genevieve has built a successful practice with hard work, even with a serious health condition that might have sidelined anyone else and tries to get Celine to adopt her work ethic. At least, yoga comes easily to her. As the movie takes an unusual turn in its second half, a most extreme example presents itself.
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