French/German production of Marcel Proust's story of a Parisian nobleman whose obsession with a prostitute leads disaster.
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Making Plans for Lena -- As soon as she gets to the Gare Montparnasse, things start to go wrong for Lena: she loses her son Anton and just misses her train. In her bag, the baby magpie that her daughter Augustine wanted to save is slowly dying. On arriving in Brittany, she discovers that her parents and sister are plotting together for her good and have summoned her ex-husband, Nigel. She feels betrayed, humiliated and disgusted. Should she leave or stay? Send everything packing? Her limited self-confidence begins to evaporate. The ghosts of duty, social judgement and family order band together to prevent her from living, loving and thinking, from simply being herself.
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Recently liberated from her job and husband, Lena (Chiara Mastroianni) heads home to Brittany for the holidays, hoping to enjoy at least a temporary escape from all she’s gone through in Paris. But no such luck: from practically the moment she’s back, she’s confronted with unwanted advice, character analysis that borders on character assassination, and a few other unexpected surprises. His most successful film yet in France, Christophe Honoré has made a wonderfully sprawling portrait of a family that veers from painful to funny to painfully funny, expertly capturing all the feints and digs that often pass for conversation when families get together. Chiara Mastroianni has never been better, radiating a deceptive calm at the center of this emotional storm, while Marie-Christine Barrault as her mother and Marina Foïs as her sister are the loving obstacles to her actually having any semblance of rest and relaxation.
Recently liberated from her job and husband, Lena heads home for the holidays, hoping to enjoy at least a temporary escape from all she's gone through.
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