Fifth about The Seventh

One Fine Morning (Un Beau Matin)

One Fine Morning: the protagonist of Mia Hansen-Løve’s drama is certainly going through a lot: her father’s disease is getting worse, and she is, perhaps, starting an affair with an old friend of her deceased husband. Both are interesting if oft-repeated stories and their combination is the most novel aspect. Those two sides of her life, however, barely communicate, as if they were happening to two different people. In any case, Léa Seydoux is excellent as the young widow who balances the good news and the bad news, re-awakening her sexuality while her loved father fades. Pascal Greggory is effective as her father, and Melvil Poupaud is charming as her new lover. The film is finely put together, with elegant (if sometimes tiny) apartments created by production designer Mila Preli and fine cinematography by Denis Lenoir, which brings up the colors of summer in Paris.

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