134 minutes| France| 2010| Subtitled| Anamorphic| Dolby Digital Stereo| 35mm

After impressing with his hit thriller Tell No One, actor-turned-director Guillaume Canet delivers this keenly-observed story about middle-class friends who take their annual holiday together while their mate is lying comatose in hospital after a bike accident. There’s an agreeable hint of The Big Chill about the whole affair, and the all-star cast are certainly a match for the sundry micro-crises unfolding in the course of a summer. Marion Cotillard is, as ever, splendid as the loose-living anthropologist wondering if her love might have saved the drug-addled victim, while François Cluzet excels in a more comedic role as the host who’s stressed enough about his swish Arcachon pad without having to worry about his pal Benoît Magimel’s unexpected declaration of affection. Macho dude Gilles Lellouche meanwhile isn’t quite as impervious to love as he imagined, in what proves a rich, discursive entertainment themed around the insidious suspicion that material success doesn’t necessarily equate with happiness. (Notes by Trevor Johnston).

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