Based on a collection of short stories by American writer Richard Bausch, this ambitious film vibrantly depicts the interweaving fates of three troubled families, reflecting on the mutability of relationships and shifting power dynamics between parents and their adult children. At its centre is the wrenching story of newlyweds Joséphine and Tomasz, and the domestic violence that lurks beneath. Poignant, challenging and filled with tension, the film is visually thrilling, with arresting cinematography and a cast that gives conviction to its sophisticated patchwork of human frailty, bringing light to the darkness.
(Notes by Marie-Pierre Richard)
Director’s Note: Bourdos examines each character with great empathy while revealing the infinite variation of suffering they can inflict.
Orizzonti Selection, Venice International Film Festival 2017
Screening as part of the IFI French Film Festival 2017 – November 15th to 26th.
Packages €45 for 5 films. €80 for 10 films. (Both packages exclude the opening film. Available in person or over the phone: 01 679 3477.)