Make Room For Tomorrow

  • 1979
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Too symbolic and charming for its own good, MAKE ROOM FOR TOMORROW manages to be entertaining without providing much insight into its story about four generations of Jewish males, ranging from 90-year-old Isaac (Henri Cremieux) to 10-year-old Mathias (Mathieu Kassovitz). The film takes place in the suburban Paris home of Ben (Victor Lanoux, who also produced)...read more

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Too symbolic and charming for its own good, MAKE ROOM FOR TOMORROW manages to be entertaining without providing much insight into its story about four generations of Jewish males, ranging from 90-year-old Isaac (Henri Cremieux) to 10-year-old Mathias (Mathieu Kassovitz). The film takes

place in the suburban Paris home of Ben (Victor Lanoux, who also produced) and Peggy (Jane Birkin), during a family gathering with Ben's father Elie (Georges Wilson), who is visiting from Israel, and Ben's grandfather, Isaac, who has traveled from Nice for the occasion. Intended as a metaphor for

20th-century Jewish existence, survival for these representatives of four generations has been difficult: Isaac has been jilted by his young female companion, Elie isn't as orthodox as one might expect, Ben is trying unsuccessfully to keep his marriage together, and Mathias does his best to make

sense of the whole scene. Moreover, Ben's house is literally and symbolically failing apart--its walls and roof damaged by gradual shifts that have occurred over the years. Although the film is not as important as it would like to be, it does boast some nice performances, especially by Cremieux as

the dapper old man who still has an eye on the young ladies. (In French; English subtitles.)

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  • Released: 1979
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Too symbolic and charming for its own good, MAKE ROOM FOR TOMORROW manages to be entertaining without providing much insight into its story about four generations of Jewish males, ranging from 90-year-old Isaac (Henri Cremieux) to 10-year-old Mathias (Math… (more)

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