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Le bonheur d'Elza (Elza) (2012)





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Bernadette, a single mother in Paris, tries to provide her daughters with everything. She is thrilled when her eldest daughter, Elza, is the first in the family to graduate from college earning a master's degree summa cum laude. But Elza breaks her mother's heart by running away to their native Guadeloupe in search of a distant childhood memory: the father she barely remembers.


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Critic Reviews for Le bonheur d'Elza (Elza)

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Bathed in the flamingo colors and Caribbean rhythms of its location, this deeply personal debut from the writer and director Mariette Monpierre develops with a lingering attention to sensation and sound.

November 29, 2012 | Rating: 5/5
New York Times
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Sometimes I feel like a fatherless child. Monpierre, the first Guadeloupe woman director, projects her personal journey searching for her absentee father on this emotionally unfocused drama. In effect diminishing how single mothers struggle and prevail.

January 5, 2013 | Full Review…
WBAI Radio

There is matchless beauty here in both the actors and the setting, but this study of family and race needed a surer auteurial hand.

November 29, 2012 | Full Review…
Film Journal International

Capitalizes on a vibrant tropical location and a cast of capable, but the narrative makes disconcerting leaps from the poignant to the distractingly soap-operatic.

November 26, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Slant Magazine

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