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

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Andrea Gronvall
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 17, 2011
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Draws one in both empathetically and suspensefully.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: B

December 17, 2010
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

A heartbreaking fable about life, legacy and the way men define themselves through their work.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 5, 2010
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto

It's quiet, unshowy and devastating.

Full Review Source: NOW Toronto | Original Score: 4/5

November 5, 2010
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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The film is achieved with a rare tenderness and grace by 29-year-old French actress-filmmaker Mia Hanson-Love.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 5, 2010
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

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.

Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National

August 27, 2010
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald

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 Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 4/5

August 27, 2010
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)

French drama Father of My Children addresses an extremely confronting subject with both an unblinking gaze and an open mind.

Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia) | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 26, 2010
Craig Mathieson
sbs.com.au

Inception celebrates the manufactured reality, Father of My Children the true one.

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 26, 2010
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

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 Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 4/5

August 25, 2010
Beth Wilson
Trespass

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.

Full Review Source: Trespass

August 25, 2010
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane

Mia Hansen-LÝve deserves credit both as a writer and a director. This is a very convincing drama.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane | Original Score: A-

August 24, 2010
Alice Tynan
Concrete Playground

Fresh-faced performances and tender writing makes for a family who jumps straight off the screen and into your heart.

Full Review Source: Concrete Playground

August 23, 2010
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

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.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

August 20, 2010
David Roark
Dallas Morning News
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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 Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: 4/5

August 6, 2010
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

A film that portrays a subject that could easily have become cloying with an austere, penetrating eye.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: B+

August 5, 2010
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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A subtle work on an exceedingly difficult subject.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

July 23, 2010
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The Father of My Children is exceptional drama. Compelling and unforced, it shows sensitivity and evenhandedness in approaching a difficult subject.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 23, 2010
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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 Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 23, 2010
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It is a film about children and their parents, and not knowing where fate, or life, can take you.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 22, 2010

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