Father of My Children

(Le Pere de Mes Enfants)

Gregoire, charming and imperturbable, seems to thrive on stress as an independent film producer, happy to juggle two phones, the next cigarette and the steering wheel simultaneously, let alone the demands of his long-suffering but loving wife and three young kids. Korean investors, a nutter director on a budget-blowing overseas shoot, lab problems, creditors chasing debts: it’s all in a day’s work. Until one day it isn’t. This film certainly has surprises and the naturalistic performances that the French seem to produce with ease, but it also has story strands that don’t go anywhere and POV shifts that leave you wondering who the protagonist is – or should have been. It’s ultimately unsatisfying. 5/10

Le père de mes enfants

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