Fifth about The Seventh

Claire Darling (La Dernière Folie de Claire Darling)

Claire Darling: Julie Bertuccelli’s sad little film weaves nicely memories, fantasies, and the present time as it tells the story of one broken family. It shows a life liven through (wonderful, it’s true) objects instead of human connections, with the obvious effects, and that’s the source of how touching it is. The film has the benefit of having mother and daughter Catherine Deneuve and Chiara Mastroianni playing mother and daughter. They are both wonderful, Deneuve as the mother at the end of the line and Mastroianni as the estranged daughter; Alice Taglioni, as the younger version of the mother, is fine, a hard ad cold woman. The film is nicely put together, with a charming old house as the main location, the work of the art direction department crucial, and the camerawork of Irina Lubtchansky effective. Beautiful music, too.

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