The real family: A subtle portrait of a foster family [critique]

The new film from the director of Diane has the shoulders. A success driven by a remarkable trio: Mélanie Thierry- Lyes Salem- Félix Moati

Since its first screening in Angoulême from where it left, crowned with the Jury Prize and Best Actress, The True Family awash in awards over the festivals where he was invited. And that’s only fair. We discovered its director Fabien Gorgeart in 2017 with Diane has the shoulders where Clotilde Hesme camped a young woman who was carrying the child of a couple of friends. The family is his favorite theme. But he raises the level with his second feature where he this time features a foster family who, after six years with them, will see the little boy they had welcomed at 18 months go back to live with his father. organic. With the inevitable tearing that entails. Gorgeart here avoids all the traps set in his path. That of a film which would be limited to its only subject where the societal would take precedence over the cinema to the point of stifling it. That of a subject so personal (his family was also a foster family) that it would have been difficult to tend towards a more universal subject. That of a Manichean story dividing his character into good guys and bad guys. The True Family is precisely the opposite: a little gem of writing both in the way its plot advances and in the psychology of its characters. Human, terribly human, with all that entails generosity and selfishness mixed together. Gorgeart explains nothing and we understand everything. He doesn’t justify any position that we can find violent because he lets the characters follow through with their logic. And its casting superbly marries this art of subtlety.

By Fabien Gorgeart. With Mélanie Thierry, Lyes Salem, Félix Moati Duration: 1h42. Released February 16, 2022

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