Two of French cinema’s biggest stars shine in this bittersweet drama about the unlikely friendship that develops between Claire (Catherine Frot), a talented but tightly wound midwife, and Béatrice (Catherine Deneuve), the estranged, free-spirited mistress of Claire’s late father. Although polar opposites in almost every way, the two come to rely on each other as they cope with the unusual circumstance that brought them together in this sharp character study from the César-award winning director Martin Provost (SERAPHINE).
“The second career of Catherine Deneuve is one of the ongoing pleasures of Western cinema…(She) is a joy, with her funny combination of natural dignity and utter confusion, and surface cynicism that yet loves every moment—the most fun, wise and jolly person in any room she enters, yet capable of the sudden plunge into pained and deep emotion. If you want to fall in love with Catherine Deneuve, don’t start with her youth. Start with her here, in her 70s, and then work your way back.” —Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle “It’s powered by a pair of outstanding performances from two of France’s finest actresses…a moving film about families, time passing and shared history.” —Cath Clarke, Time Out London
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