Daddy Nostalgia (1990)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

Original title:  Daddy Nostalgie

Alternate title:  These Foolish Things

France, 1990.  , , , .  Directed by .  Story by , Dialogue by Colo Tavernier, Bertrand Tavernier.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

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. , in his last film role, plays an aging father who has just begun his recovery from a serious operation. His screenwriter daughter () comes to stay with him and his wife () 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.

Cannes Film Festival:  In Competition

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