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This selection offers drama but often with a touch of comedy, and although there are some serious themes, and occasional violence or tragedy, there isn't anything too 'heavy'.

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  • L'Etudiente et Monsieur Henri

    L'Etudiente et Monsieur Henri

  • Ce Qui Nous Lie

    Ce Qui Nous Lie

  • En Equilibre

    En Equilibre

  • Médecin de Campagne

    Médecin de Campagne

  • Dans La Cour

    Dans La Cour

  • Les Adoptés

    Les Adoptés

  • Cézanne et Moi

    Cézanne et moi

  • Gauguin - Voyage de Tahiti

    Gauguin - Voyage de Tahiti

  • Miss Montigny

    Miss Montigny

  • Les hommes du feu

    Les hommes du feu

  • Un Homme Idéal

    Un Homme Idéal

  • Hippocrate

    Hippocrate

  • Le Concert

    Le Concert

  • Belle et Sébastien

    Belle et Sébastien

  • Prendre le large

    Prendre le large

  • Après l'hiver, le printemps

    Après l'hiver, le printemps

  • Le monde est à toi

    Le monde est à toi

  • La Villa

    La Villa

  • Primaire

    Primaire

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La Villa
La Villa
Three siblings are reunited in their father's villa after he suffers a stroke. The atmosphere is tense and relationships aren't good, but as time passes some old animosities start to soften as each reflects on their younger days in the Villa. Each of them begins to re-evaluate their current life and this in turn leads to a reshaping of their futures.

One brother, Armand, had remained with their father, while the other, Joseph, arrives with his much younger fiancée, having been fired from his job. Happy he isn't. The third sibling, their sister Angèle, is a successful actor who left the villa some 20 years earlier after a traumatic incident and has not previously returned.

It is winter in the small coastal town and port in the Marseilles area and the family's small restaurant isn't busy. Bérangère, Joseph's fiancée, has grown tired of him since he lost his job and is eyeing up a young doctor, the son of elderly neighbours. Angèle really doesn't want to be there at all, but receives unexpected adulation from a young fisherman, Benjamin, who has adored her ever since seeing her perform when he was a lad.

As time passes Joseph accepts that he must let Bérangère go, while Angèle eventually lowers her defences in the face of unrelenting attention from Benjamin despite, as she says, being three times old enough to be his mother.

And then something happens that brings them even closer together.

On IMDB, a reviewer complains that this film has no story and no structure, but that's entirely missing the point. This is real life, not movie fantasy, and as such it is very authentic.

The Hollywood Reporter offers a far more informed review, which answered my question as to how the sequence was obtained featuring these people as their younger selves. You will see what are clearly the same people and this isn't the sort of film that would use CGI trickery.

In summary, it's very French !
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