TrustMovies felt pretty certain that, after acting in nearly 100 roles in films, TV movies and mini-series, Auteuil had by now directed a movie or two. But no: According to the IMDB, this is his first. The fellow has clearly been learning on the job, however, for his film is about as close to old-fashioned perfection as movies get. And I mean this as a huge compliment. While this novice filmmaker makes use of all that fine, up-to-the-minute cinematography and editing can achieve, he also has the sense to keep everything, from the period to the pacing, in tune with a century past -- and with the customs of that century.
Nicolas Duvauchelle (below, left, of White Material, The Girl on the Train and many other good films), Kad Merad (above, center right, of Paris 36), and those seemingly ever-present (and always welcome) performers Jean-Pierre Darroussin and Sabine Azéma. In the role of the titular daughter Auteuil has cast a young actress, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey (at right, below, at bottom and in the three photos above) of such elegant and graceful beauty that she will take your breath away.
Kino Lorber has wisely picked up the film (running 107 minutes) for U.S. distribution, and it opens this Friday, July 20, in New York City (at the Quad Cinema and The Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center) and in Seattle at the Landmark Varsity Theater. Click here to see all currently scheduled playdates across the country, with cities and theaters listed.