Topics: Marcello Mastroianni, Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve Pages: 2 (579 words) Published: December 20, 2012
Favorte SeasonDespite having taken three years to make the trip across the Atlantic, Andre Techine's My Favorite Season is surely one of the best films of the summer, if not the year. After its release in France, My Favorite Season was unable to acquire an American distributor; however, following the modest art-house success of the director's subsequent effort, Wild Reeds, the door was opened for the movie's U.S. showing. For those who enjoy rich, complex character dramas, the arrival of My Favorite Season is a cause for celebration. My Favorite Season is about relationships and communication. It's about sacrifice and misunderstandings. And, above all, it's about the ties of family and how the passage of time constantly distorts and re-invents our relationships with those we are closest to. Techine's masterful story probes these issues, constantly digging deeper to uncover hidden motivations. In the process, a pair of multi-dimensional, completely believable personalities are created. These characters get under our skin and stay there. My Favorite Season features international film icon Catherine Deneuve as Emilie and French star Daniel Auteuil (Jean de Florette, Un Coeur en Hiver) as her estranged brother, Antoine. The rift between these two has existed for three years, a time during which they haven't spoken. When their mother, Berthe (Marthe Villalonga), suffers a stroke, Emilie brings the older woman to her house to live. Bruno (Jean-Pierre Bouvier), Emilie's husband, resents Berthe's presence, and is even less pleased when Emilie breaks the silence with Antoine and invites him to Christmas dinner. On that night, with the snow falling outside, the tangled skein of Emilie and Antoine's relationship begins to untangle, causing Emilie to leave her husband and reach a new understanding with her brother. When My Favorite Season begins, none of the characters are happy with themselves, their lives, their relationships, or each other. As time...
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