NON MA FILLE TU N’IRAS PAS DANSER / MAKING PLANS FOR LENA

SYNOPSIS
Chiara Mastroianni, the daughter of Catherine Deneuve and Marcello Mastroianni, steps out of the shadows of her famous parents with her superlative lead performance in Christophe Honoré’s trenchant look at family ties. In her mid-30s, Léna, a recently divorced mother, takes her two young children to her parents’ vacation home in Brittany. While there, she is constantly under attack from her siblings and mother and father—a tense situation that isn’t made any easier when Léna’s ex-husband, for whom she still has strong feelings, shows up. In the throes of an emotional meltdown, Léna insists that all she wants is her freedom; thanks to Mastroianni’s multifaceted portrayal of this troubled character and Honoré’s empathetic treatment, that’s all we want for her, too. Struggling to find her balance while she sinks deeper into despair, Léna finds a parallel of sorts to her crises in a Breton folk tale that her son has just read. Magically interrupting the main narrative at the midpoint, Honoré dramatizes this fairy tale, about an independent young woman who dances all of her would-be spouses to death. After this interlude concludes, Léna is back in Paris with her kids, where her harried life is filled with tests of stamina similar to the folk heroine’s.

“By reconnecting with his native Brittany, Christophe Honoré, whom we have known in the past to be more abstract and mannered, has captured substance and naturalness. His film is a wholehearted investigation of humanity, done with warmth, violence, and beautiful passion.”
Marie-Noëlle Tranchant, Le Figaro

DIRECTOR
Christophe Honoré

SCREENPLAY
Christophe Honoré & Geneviève Brisac

CAST
Léna: Chiara Mastroianni
Frédérique: Marina Foïs
Annie: Marie-Christine Barrault
Nigel: Jean-Marc Barr

GENRE Drama
LANGUAGE French
RUNNING TIME 109’
PRODUCTION France, 2009
RATING Not Rated
GAUGE 35mm, DVD

DISTRIBUTOR
IFC Films