Father of My Children (2009)

Mia Hansen-Løve directs Louis-Do De Lencquesaing, Chiara Caselli and Alice De Lencquesaing in this French drama where a producer of arthouse cinema faces bankruptcy as his life falls apart and his family grows distant.

A film of two halves. Watching our ostensible lead desperately glued to his phone as his arthouse empire is destroyed by poor financial decisions is pretty compelling. We know we are supposed to relate to his ignored family waiting in the sidelines but watching a man run across a a tightrope about to be cut is more captivating. The second half where liquidators and caretakers move in to either salvage or close down the business opens up secrets and emotions for the family, a slightly more humane ensemble emerges… Yet I enjoyed the stress headache of the one man show first half far more.

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