Comment j'ai tué mon père (My Father and I) (2001)

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Critic Consensus: How I Killed My Father is a penetrating character study of father-son ties.

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This French drama from acclaimed director Anne Fontaine highlights a wealthy, upper-class family's involvement with each other after their father figure passes away. Versailles gynecologist Jean-Luc (Charles Berling) is first seen treating an age-fearing patient as he receives word of his father's death. Told in teasing flashback style, the characters relate to their dead father as if he were still alive. The father, Maurice (Michel Bouquet), reappears to expose the family's insecurities, especially in courting Jean-Luc's classy, beautiful wife Isa (Natacha Regnier), who is charmed by him, and she begins to confess her innermost thoughts, such as her desire for children and her husband's affair with his Syrian assistant (Amira Casar). Patrick (Stephane Guillon), Jean-Luc's younger brother, also frets his career as a stand-up comedian while acting as Jean-Luc's chauffeur. But the most rigid conflict exists between Jean-Luc and Maurice, the latter once also a successful physician, who threw it all away to work in a distant country. Jean-Luc's rejection begins to grate on him, but his bourgeois existence prevents him from making any changes to it. The film also features Hubert Kounde, Francois Berleand, and Karole Rocher in supporting roles.

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Critic Reviews for Comment j'ai tué mon père (My Father and I)

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (18)

Hushed but scalpel-sharp drama, a movie that'll probably send men in the audience home much quieter than they arrived.

Dec 19, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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Watching these two actors play against each other so intensely, but with restraint, is a treat.

Feb 27, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Trés French, trés fascinating psychodrama.

Dec 26, 2002 | Rating: B | Full Review…

This is a harrowing movie about how parents know where all the buttons are, and how to push them.

Nov 22, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Cold, nervy and memorable.

Nov 21, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The film is about the relationships rather than about the outcome. And it sees those relationships, including that between the son and his wife, and the wife and the father, and between the two brothers, with incredible subtlety and acumen.

Nov 2, 2002

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