Melbourne French Festival

French Movie Family Photo by award-winning director Cécilia Rouaud (2018)
With Vanessa Paradis, Camille Cottin, Pierre Deladonchamps, Jean-Pierre Bacri, Chantal Lau

I just saw what I needed. A French movie part of the French Film Festival in Melbourne that mixes humour and the challenges that life can bring to us as a result of our past family conflicts. It sounds a bit heavy but many situations in the film are hilarious. Whether we see siblings’ misunderstandings or romance. I am a positive viewer in general, when it comes to French films, because it is a way for me to catch up with what is happening “back home”.

But this film was not just any French film bringing in the immigrant’s nostalgy. It was so refreshing and honest in the way it showed how family members could be selfish and love each other so much at the same time. In each case, you end up understanding why they became who they are and you feel more and more sympathetic towards them. They do not connect very well with each other, but if they try, it kind of works. Plus aren’t we all ridiculous at times? All generations in the film are funny in their own way. Wrap all this all up in Parisian streets, metro stations, a nursing home, apartments and a video game start-up. I loved it!

https://www.affrenchfilmfestival.org/film/family-photo/