With Mother’s Day, Marie-Castille Mention-Shaar offers a very current new film [critique]

With Audrey Fleurot, Clotilde Courau, Carmen Maura, Gustave Kervern, Olivia Côte, Noémie Merlant, Vincent Dedienne…

They are President of the Republic, nanny, baker, actress, teacher, florist, journalist, unemployed, pediatrician.
They are possessive, benevolent, clumsy, absent, omnipresent, overwhelmed, guilt-inducing, indulgent, loving, fragile, in full possession of their faculties or losing their minds. Very much alive or already a memory…
Son or daughter, we remain their child whatever happens with the desire that they let go of us and the fear that they will leave us.
And then we become moms… and it’s going to be our party!

France 2 is a little ahead this year: Mothers Day will be broadcast for the first time in clear this Sunday, and not on May 29, the real date of the event. Released in 2018 at the cinema, this dramatic comedy by Marie-Castille Mention-Shaar (director of the acclaimed The heirs and Heaven will wait and more recently the controversial A Good Man) had pleased First. Here is our review.

Les Héritiers: school can make a difference [critique]

Do you have to love your child right away? How does it feel to watch your mother grow old? Through the crossed destinies of several mothers today, Marie-Castille Mention-Shaar weaves the web of a community of women struggling with motherhood. First, there is the symbol: the woman President of the Republic (Audrey Fleurot). She has just given birth and must learn to reconcile her job with the constraints of a newborn. There is the sacrificial woman (Carmen Maura) who has devoted her whole life to her children and the children of others. The journalist (Clotilde Courau) has, on the contrary, neglected them. And then there is the one who does not want children (the all too rare Olivia Côte), professor of art history who reveals to us the origins of Mother’s Day. These snapshots of life seize us, move us. Nicole Garcia is breathtaking as a distant parent who refuses to be invaded by a possessive son (Vincent Dedienne); Marie-Christine Barrault is stunning as a mother who is gradually losing her mind. Marie-Castille Mention-Shaar, director who tackles today’s subjects head-on (living together in The heirsthe enlistment of high school students by jihadists in Heaven will wait), offers a very current new film that questions our relationship to the most intimate part of our lives. A relationship made up of love and misunderstandings, but which inevitably we cannot do without. The scene of the retirement home is in this respect absolutely moving. We leave the film, tears in our eyes, with the mad desire to run and kiss our mother.

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