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In the Name of My Daughter (2015)

In the Name of My Daughter (2015)

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Critic Consensus: Perplexingly less than the sum of its dramatic real-life parts, In the Name of My Daughter doesn't do enough to support its story -- or Catherine Deneuve's performance.

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Acclaimed director ANDRÉ TÉCHINÉ brings a gripping real-life thriller to the screen. 1976. When her marriage falls apart, Agnes Le Roux (ADÈLE HAENEL) moves back to the South of France from Africa to live with her mother, Renee (CATHERINE DENEUVE), owner of the Palais de La Mediterranee casino in Nice. There, Agnes falls in love with Maurice Agnelet (GUILLAUME CANET), a lawyer and Renee's business advisor, who is ten years her senior. Maurice continues to have relationships with other women. Agnes is madly in love with him. As a shareholder in the Palais de la Mediterannee casino, Agnes decides to sell what should have been her inheritance to go it alone. A fixed card game threatens the casino's financial stability. Someone is trying to intimidate her mother. Behind the scenes hangs the shadow of the mafia and Fratoni, the owner of a rival casino, who wants to take over the Palais de la Mediterannee. Agnelet, who has fallen from grace with Renee, introduces Agnes to Fratoni. Fratoni offers her 3 million francs to vote against her mother in the shareholder's meeting. Agnes accepts the offer. Renee loses control of the casino. Agnes finds it hard to cope with her betrayal. Maurice also distances himself from her. In November 1977, after a failed suicide attempt, Agnes disappears. Her body is never found. Thirty years on, Maurice Agnelet remains the prime suspect in a murder case with no body and no proof of his guilt. Convinced of his involvement, Renee is prepared to fight to the bitter end to see him put behind bars... (C) Cohen Media Group

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Cast

Guillaume Canet
as Maurice Agnelet
Catherine Deneuve
as Renée Le Roux
Adèle Haenel
as Agnès Le Roux
Judith Chemla
as Françoise
Jean Corso
as Fratoni
Ali Af Shari
as Reynier
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Critic Reviews for In the Name of My Daughter

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (22)

More disappointing than the film's inertia and amorphousness is its sacrifice of the real-world themes of class, money, corruption, and power. Unable to decide what story he wanted to tell, Téchiné hedges his bets and loses everything.

May 28, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

It has its true-crime fascinations, and, until its misbegotten 30-year flash-forward to Maurice's trial, it has a silky allure of sun-kissed depravity.

May 22, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

'In the Name of My Daughter" is one of those French films that leave you going "huh?"

May 22, 2015 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

It's a pleasure to take in the lush settings, to hear the delicately ominous score (by Benjamin Biolay) and to watch these actors circling each other.

May 21, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A fascinating, suspenseful story about obsessive love, money, the Mafia, and murder.

May 21, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Tawdry tale gets complex, layered treatment from French master Andre Techine.

May 21, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for In the Name of My Daughter

½

The movie starts with Agnes(Adele Haenel) returning home to the south of France after a divorce, greeted not by her mother Renee(Catherine Deneuve) at the airport but instead her aide de camp and lawyer Maurice(Guillaume Canet). What Agnes is looking for more than anything else is her inheritance while instead receiving just enough money to start her own boutique. For Renee, it comes down to loyalty on the board of the casino she owns, feeling Agnes' shares will come in handy in the upcoming power struggle Maurice is warning her about. Based on a true story and current cause celebre but not exclusively so(more on this later), "In the Name of My Daughter" seems at first like a straightforward enough movie with a couple of musical numbers thrown in for good measure. But as much as the opening statement feels like it was written by an entire law firm, the rest of the movie thankfully does not, subtly implying a solution to its central mystery that is not directly in the legal record. That's due to it not opening in the present day which would have made this the story of Renee's crusade, instead turning it into Agnes' story of getting caught between two opposing forces.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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½

Catherine Deneuve's acting in this film is once again unassailable and complete. The film itself gave the impression at first of being a fairly light, luxury travelogue piece about the tribulations of the rich, punctuated with some stylish mother-daughter bickering. However, despite its rather loose editing and sprawling style, it becomes a story of real meaning and power. Somehow Deneuve bridges the ever-widening edges. The daughter at first appears too baby-faced to be a tough businesswoman, but the casting shows its worth when the degradation sets in and the woman becomes helpless. The husband is played very effectively as an everyman - he could be anyone you know. This film proves that the French cinema product can truly deliver more substance than style: the postcard backdrop becomes distinctly frayed as the reality plays out over the tormented decades. Any disgruntled young woman full of ambition and spirit, who believes it is therefore a good idea to reject her mother, ought to see this. The film shows how easy it is to divide people from their natural affections.

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