|FATHER OF MY CHILDREN|
Director: Mia Hansen-Love
Cast: Louis-Do de Lencquiesaing, Chiara Caselli, Alice de Lencquesaing
Other: Cinematography: Pascal Auffray; Screenplay: Mia Hansen-Love
Year and Running Time: France/Germany 2009, 110 minutes
Year Screened: 2010
Gregoire Canvel has everything a man could want: a wife he loves, three delightful children and his dream job - he is a film producer. Discovering talented film-makers and developing films that fit his conception of the cinema, free and true to life, is precisely his reason for living. Gregoire devotes almost all of his time and energy to his work. Even the weekends with his family are regularly interrupted by demanding directors and concerned investors. He is charismatic and seemingly invincible, however his production company is in trouble with too many productions too many risks and too much debt.
Winner of Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize at Cannes ‘Father of My Children’ succeeds as the sum of small details. Observations made in passing prove monumental later on and oblique scenes emerges as central to the plot. Even that long, gassy string of cell calls at the start grows in significance as some connections are broken, phones go unanswered, words go unsaid and others are revealed. In the second of the film’s two distinct halves, a much older mode of communication drops major revelations on people who absorb them, register a modulated shock and move on. It’s the moving on that matters. The will to accept fate and push forward are the name of the game. Certain characters do it others do not. Therein lies the subtlety and the pain.