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Well, I have expected more...
Story follows two women with a different life styles who lost somebody special in their lives. That is a "skeleton" of this movie with no "meat"..... Very little is said about how these characters came to be or where they are coming from....Feels undeveloped properly on many levels.
Well acted, great story - heartfelt, real, touching, sweet, magical. This film was so many things. Fantastic acting too. French films are often this way.
Superb movie. Destined to be a classic. The struggle between selfishness and generosity. Between humanity and efficiency. Great performances by the two Catherines (Deneuve and Frot).
I story about a selfish old woman in her last days does not impress me. Maybe it is a France cultural statement being that their great Catherine "do not hate me because I beautiful" Deneuve stars in it. But to me the story was lacking.
Great movie. One of the best I've seen this year. The characters frustrate you; they make you laugh; they make you cry; they make you think--just like the real people you know that you care about. Cahtherine Deneuve, as always, a joy to watch practicing her craft, but all the cast are great. And, while watching the extras on the disc, I was interested to discover that a selfless act in the past by the midwife in the movie had as its inspiration an actual event in the (very) early life of the director.
A demure midwife who loved her work decided to meet up with her father’s mistress who disappeared from her life 30 years ago. In reconnecting to the past and sharing secrets, they learned to find peace in their imperfect and changing world. A romantic comedy about three pairs of lovers (one from the past) infused with social message on work-life balance of a Parisian single mom in pursuit of happiness.
A warm, unsentimental story about two women faced with uncertainty: imminent death and end of career. Graced with two masterfully nuanced performances and a study in contrasts;
Deneuve: hedonistic, needy, manipulative, insecure; Frot: obstinate, puritan, resentful, yet fascinated by the older woman's faded sophistication. From clashing to entente cordialle as both are capable of generosity, forgiveness and can appreciate what matters most: life. If you like this film, check out director Provost's Séraphine.