The Father of My Children (Le pere de mes enfants) Reviews

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 17, 2010
Draws one in both empathetically and suspensefully.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
November 5, 2010
A heartbreaking fable about life, legacy and the way men define themselves through their work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
November 5, 2010
It's quiet, unshowy and devastating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
November 5, 2010
The film is achieved with a rare tenderness and grace by 29-year-old French actress-filmmaker Mia Hanson-Love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
August 27, 2010
It's a very intelligent film this, and one I think which is not just revealing about film-making but has insights into the dilemmas of many others who see the businesses -- or indeed family farms -- they have built up over a lifetime going under.
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
August 27, 2010
There's a lot of intelligence and humanity in the script and it follows its own path. [Hansen-LÝve's] direction shows rare confidence and poise, a willingness to build characters slowly, with a natural flow of time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
August 26, 2010
French drama Father of My Children addresses an extremely confronting subject with both an unblinking gaze and an open mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Craig Mathieson
sbs.com.au
August 26, 2010
Inception celebrates the manufactured reality, Father of My Children the true one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
August 25, 2010
What makes it a wonderful film is that for those of us inside this crazy dream factory, and we're only on the edges, it depicts the relentless nature of the beast, the roller-coaster ride, the unstoppable nature of a film in production.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Beth Wilson
Trespass
August 25, 2010
The subtle, tender sadness of the film trumps any of its small scripting problems and certainly marks out not only the film's young cast members but also the director as ones to watch.
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
August 24, 2010
Mia Hansen-LÝve deserves credit both as a writer and a director. This is a very convincing drama.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Alice Tynan
Concrete Playground
August 23, 2010
Fresh-faced performances and tender writing makes for a family who jumps straight off the screen and into your heart.
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
August 20, 2010
This delicate and beautiful film about the highs and lows of a close-knit family takes us on an emotional journey in which we experience joy, laughter, sorrow and contemplation.
Top Critic
David Roark
Dallas Morning News
August 6, 2010
While the movie is far from perfect, those potential missteps are, in the end, part of what makes The Father of My Children so beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 5, 2010
A film that portrays a subject that could easily have become cloying with an austere, penetrating eye.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 23, 2010
A modest drama about a suicide and its aftermath that never quite moves an audience as it should.
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
July 23, 2010
A subtle work on an exceedingly difficult subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 23, 2010
The Father of My Children is exceptional drama. Compelling and unforced, it shows sensitivity and evenhandedness in approaching a difficult subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 23, 2010
Father is a very intimate film, and writer-director Mia Hanson-Love has a Robert Altman-like gift for making us believe the relationships continue outside the bounds of the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 22, 2010
It is a film about children and their parents, and not knowing where fate, or life, can take you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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