My Father's Guests

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  • NR
  • 2010
  • 1 hr 40 min
  • 6.5  (833)

My Father's Guests is a heartwarming French drama that follows the life of a young woman named Marion (Flore Babled) who is a professional homemaker working for an ad agency. Marion's life is suddenly disrupted when her father Julien (Michel Aumont), a retired surgeon, invites his old friends to stay with him for an extended period. The guests include a widowed artist named Nathalie (Karin Viard), a wealthy businessman named Henri (Franck de la Personne), and a former athlete named Richard (Pascal Elbé).

As the guests settle in, Marion finds herself increasingly drawn to Nathalie, who becomes a mentor and confidante to her. Despite being vastly different in backgrounds, Nathalie and Marion share a bond, bonded by their shared struggle of balancing family, work, and self-care. Nathalie encourages Marion to find her passion and to take control of her life. Together they explore new hobbies, such as painting and cooking.

Meanwhile, Marion's father Julien becomes increasingly distant from his guests, even though he initiates the whole gathering. Julien seldom joins the conversations or participates in the activities, and Marion struggles to understand why. In contrast, Nathalie slowly shares more of her story with Marion and confesses to a long-lost love that she still can't forget. She also helps Marion connect with her mother, who is dealing with her own unresolved issues.

As the weeks pass, Marion finds herself changing in unexpected ways. She begins to see the world through the open-hearted and curious eyes of Nathalie. She also longs for the passion that Nathalie seemed to have with everything that she does. Marion grows beyond the need to please anyone, including her overbearing husband, and focuses on what truly matters. Meanwhile, as Nathalie urges Julien to let go of his regrets and embrace life, a shocking event threatens to derail all the good that has been achieved.

The cinematography for this movie is excellent, providing a lush background to the story set in the French countryside. The director, Anne Le Ny, balances melancholic and humorous scenes, which can tug at the heartstrings just as quickly as leaving you laughing out loud. Throughout the movie, the characters are well developed and multidimensional, making them feel like people you actually know.

This movie is an emotional journey about rediscovering who you are and finding love and friendship in the most unexpected places. It deals with themes such as relationships, aging, mortality, and family bonds in a poignant yet uplifting manner. The performance of the entire cast is brilliant, and together they breathe life into the story that makes viewers want to watch till the end.

In conclusion, My Father's Guests is a beautifully crafted film that offers a moving and thought-provoking story. It touches the heart and challenges viewers to think about their relationships with others as well with themselves. It is definitely worth watching, especially if you avidly take interest in French cinema.

My Father's Guests is a 2010 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 40 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.5.

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    6.5  (833)