Hidden Diary

Director: Julie Lopes-Curval

France • 2009 • 104 minutes

Up and coming actors Marina Hands (Lady Chatterley) and Marie-Josee Croze (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) star alongside Catherine Deneuve in this family drama spanning three generations. Pregnant and avoiding a troubled relationship, Audrey (Hands) returns home to France. After a particularly difficult reunion with her mother (Deneuve), she finds refuge in the home of her deceased grandfather where she uncovers the diary of her grandmother, Louise, who deserted her family many years before. It’s a discovery which reveals closely guarded secrets and a history those close to her don’t want to fully acknowledge.

Writer/Director Julie Lopes-Curval elicits fine performances from her starry cast. Hands and Croze (Louise, as depicted in flashback) are on fine form and, as the stoic matriarch, Deneuve delivers a restrained and nuanced performance in one of the best of her recent roles.

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