Fifth about The Seventh

Sweetheart (Mon Bébé)

Sweetheart: there’s not much of a plot in Lisa Azuelos’ dramedy, but the familial relationships are so warm and positive that the film goes through leaving a good feeling on its wake. The story of a mother getting ready for an empty nest allows for a good look at the relationship she has with her children, the youngest in particular, as well as her father; it is a touching journey from beginning to end. Acting is very effective, starting with Sandrine Kiberlain as the mother and Thaïs Alessandrin as the daughter; they have great chemistry together. Editor Baptiste Druot jumps between (roughly) two timelines in such a way that is extremely efficient in tugging the emotional heartstrings. Cinematographer Antoine Sanier’s images match well the ethereal tone of walking down memory lane the story has.

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