FOR A WOMAN -- Diane Kurys' latest love story told from a woman's perspective but which does not slight the male characters in any way (Kurys has always done this sort of thing quite well) -- there is, it must be said, something a bit generic about it all. Perhaps because, by now, TrustMovies has seen these French family sagas encompassing World War II and the Holocaust (Claude Miller's A Secret is one of the best) so many times that their plots, including their odd diversions, seem somewhat second-hand. Yet even second-hand stuff, when done well enough, can make for an almost completely engrossing film. And that is exactly the case with this mysterious little charmer.
Benoit Magimel), his wife (Mélanie Thierry, above, right), and his younger brother (Nicolas Duvauchelle, above, left) and what the war/Holocaust has made of them.
Clothilde Hesme (below, left, with Thierry), Clément Sibony (above, center) and Denis Podalydès, along with Sylvie Testud and Julie Ferrier as the adult children of Magimel and Thierry who do the sleuthing. If the photo above looks like a typically happy family scene, the irony here will be much appreciated once you've watched the movie.
Film Movement and running 110 minutes -- hits DVD this coming Tuesday, October 21. And if history be any guide, you can expect it to appear on Netflix streaming very soon after.