Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

classified 15 S

French Film Festival on Tour


Please note: This was screened in Dec 2019

Cédric Kahn
Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Bercot, Vincent Macaigne
101 mins, Subtitled, 2019, France | Belgium
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Family relations unravel to wonderfully excruciating comic and dramatic effect in this all-star ensemble piece from versatile French writer-director and here, co-star, Cédric Kahn.

A sprawling clan is assembled to celebrate the 70th birthday of matriarch Andréa (Catherine Deneuve). However, no one has reckoned with the shenanigans of wayward filmmaker son Romain (Vincent Macaigne), or with the sudden appearance of prodigal daughter Claire (Emmanuelle Bercot), trailing a cargo of psychological baggage that’s about to be messily unpacked. Comic, caustic and touching a deep dramatic nerve, this is a magnificently controlled, exuberantly acted character piece, with director Kahn also mightily impressive as long-suffering older son Vincent.