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.