Aspiring writer Romain (Mathieu Spinosi) finds himself the calm centre of his chaotic family in this pleasant dramedy. His father Michel (Michel Blanc) has just retired and is slipping into a mid-life crisis, whilst his recently widowed grandmother Madeleine (Annie Cordy) is dispatched to a nursing home, and feels alienated and abandoned. In an act of defiance, Madeleine escapes to her seaside hometown in Normandy where Romain follows, setting off a journey into her past.
Festivals: Focus on French Cinema, Greenwich, New York 2015.
Director’s Note: “Replete with fine performances and emotional insight, Memories captures three transformative inner journeys across generations.”
Showing as part of the IFI French Film Festival 2015 (November 18th – 29th)