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

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July 10, 2018
In muting the warning signs, or allowing them to be absorbed into the bustle of life, Hansen-Lve secures for her film its slow-burning emotional impact.
November 7, 2016
This is not an easy movie. It tackles big stuff- the biggest, really... But it breathes, nonetheless, and encourages us to do so too even in the wake of the grief it inspires us to recall in our lives.
November 17, 2011
December 17, 2010
Draws one in both empathetically and suspensefully.
November 5, 2010
The film is achieved with a rare tenderness and grace by 29-year-old French actress-filmmaker Mia Hanson-Love.
August 27, 2010
There's a lot of intelligence and humanity in the script and it follows its own path. [Hansen-Lve's] direction shows rare confidence and poise, a willingness to build characters slowly, with a natural flow of time.
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.
July 23, 2010
A modest drama about a suicide and its aftermath that never quite moves an audience as it should.
July 23, 2010
A subtle work on an exceedingly difficult subject.
July 23, 2010
The Father of My Children is exceptional drama. Compelling and unforced, it shows sensitivity and evenhandedness in approaching a difficult subject.
July 22, 2010
It is a film about children and their parents, and not knowing where fate, or life, can take you.
June 1, 2010
You could argue that the film fails to revive the harassed intensities of its first hour, but I doubt whether they could have been sustained; and what we get instead, with its stunned and glassy air, yields a slow-breathing drama of its own.
May 28, 2010
A tale of cinema, a story about the agonies of trying to work outside the cinematic mainstream (even in France!). Yet what makes the movie so affecting is that it(TM)s also a love story about a family.
May 28, 2010
Beautiful, profound and, given the gathering tensions of its story, phenomenally full of life.
May 28, 2010
There is much opportunity to turn the film into a soaper, but Hansen-Love resists.
May 28, 2010
Authentic in its depiction of both the filmic and domestic milieux, this is delicate, incisive, touching and trenchant.
May 28, 2010
Hansen-Lve's film is about coping, its focus practical and utterly unsentimental, its energy somehow both busy and serene.
May 28, 2010
The depiction of the grieving producer's wife and children is agonising in its truth.
May 27, 2010
The Father Of My Children is largely about how life drifts by, and how we don't always leave the mark in the world that we'd hoped, so Hansen-Lve resists the urge to overdramatize or over-stress.
May 27, 2010
The film's second half is the most touching, because it shows that our lives are not merely our own, but also belong to the events we set in motion.
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