Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. France, 1990. Cléa Productions, Eurisma, Little Bear, Solyfic. Directed by Bertrand Tavernier. Story by Colo Tavernier, Dialogue by Colo Tavernier, Bertrand Tavernier. Cinematography by Denis Lenoir. Produced by Adolphe Viezzi. Music by Antoine Duhamel. Production Design by Jean-Louis Poveda. Costume Design by Christian Gasc. Film Editing by Ariane Boeglin. Cannes Film Festival 1990.
Absolutely lovely film by Bertrand Tavernier that will not be for all tastes, but those who wish to see something laid back and pleasant should watch it. Dirk Bogarde, in his last film role, plays an aging father who has just begun his recovery from a serious operation. His screenwriter daughter (Jane Birkin) comes to stay with him and his wife (Odette Laure) in their Marseilles home to keep them company, and while doing so finds herself learning to let go of the many difficulties she’s shared with her parents over the years. Not quite Autumn Sonata, this is a breezy exploration of familial relationships, blessed with subtle direction, a heartfelt script and truly wonderful performances. The whole thing unfolds so naturally and brightens in several poignant moments, and is never boring.