LE PERE DE MES ENFANTS / THE FATHER OF MY CHILDREN

SYNOPSIS
Only 30 years old, the prodigiously talented writer-director Mia Hansen- Løve follows her assured 2007 debut, Tout est pardonné (All Is Forgiven), about a drug-addicted dad, with an even more wrenching look at another troubled, charismatic patriarch in The Father of My Children. Inspired by the life and death of French film producer Humbert Balsan, Hansen-Løve’s graceful movie follows the chaotic daily routine of Grégoire Canvel, whose production company, Moon Films, is near bankruptcy. Grégoire, completely overwhelmed, tries to hide his burdens from his wife and three daughters, whom he absolutely adores, consistently projecting a charming, sunny disposition. But mid-way through the film, as the pressures escalate, he feels he has no choice but to commit suicide; his family must try to save his company while coming to terms with their own grief and anger. The Father of My Children is as precisely detailed in its depiction of the stress and bureaucracy of how movies get made as it is of the emotional fallout of incomprehensible loss.

“A filmmaker perfectly in tune with different personalities in crisis and conflict, Hansen-Love has said she wanted this film to ‘express the paradox of contradictory movements within the same person.’ Her ability to be candid and involved in emotions without ever crossing the line is the key to why her success is so complete.”
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

DIRECTOR
Mia Hansen-Løve

SCREENPLAY
Mia Hansen-Løve

CAST
Sylvia: Chiara Caselli
Grégoire: Louis-Do de Lencquesaing
Clémence: Alice de Lencquesaing
Valentine: Alice Gautier
Billie: Manelle Driss
Serge: Eric Elmosnino

AWARDS
Best Screenplay, Mia Hansen- Løve – Lumière Awards (2010); Un Certain Regard: Prix Spécial – Cannes Film Festival (2009)

GENRE Drama
LANGUAGE French
RUNNING TIME 110’
PRODUCTION France, Germany, 2009
RATING Not Rated
FORMAT(S) 35mm, DVD

DISTRIBUTOR
IFC Films