Fanny

2014

Fanny (2014)

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Fanny loves Marius and is expecting his child, but he has abandoned her and run away to sea without knowing about the baby. She finds herself facing the dishonorable position of being an unmarried mother,unable to provide for herself and the child. So, with the approval of her mother, and for the sake of the baby's future, she agrees to marry a prosperous shopkeeper on the old port, Honoré Panisse. He is 30 years older than she, but he recognizes the child and raises it as his own. Panisse provides them with a certain standard of living, social respectability and a comfortable future. Meanwhile, Marius has finally become aware of his profound love for Fanny during his long voyage. Despite having no career, he returns home to win back Fanny's affections and take responsibility for his child. Despite her enduring love for him, Fanny and Marius's father César convince him to stay out of her life, for the sake of the child's future and the honor of the Panisse family.

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Mr. Auteuil's passion project is sincere but not successful, honorable but not alive.

Jul 17, 2014 | Full Review…

Fanny has a stagy sensibility, but Auteuil displays flashes of genuine, old-school craft.

Jul 15, 2014 | Full Review…

Not just cinéma de papa, but cinema de grand-papa.

Nov 28, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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"Classic" is a word all too casually bandied about, but for Daniel Auteuil's screen adaptation of this beloved French trilogy it is completely apropos.

Jul 17, 2014 | Full Review…

One great performance... doesn't justify Auteuil's decision to remake a series of films that are an inextricable part of their own era.

Jul 15, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The characters, the sets, and the scenes all exist to propagate the notion that pleasure derives from repetition and remediation.

Jul 14, 2014 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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