Both of them exuding characteristic intelligence, Jean-Pierre Bacri and Kristin Scott Thomas play a well-off Parisian couple with an adolescent son. He’s a professor of Chinese culture teaching a class for business executives preparing to work in China, she’s an avant-garde theatre director, their marriage is approaching the rocks, and he can’t bring himself to tell her that he hasn’t managed to get his pompous father, a senior judge, to obtain a visa extension for a Serbian relative of hers.
Pascal Bonitzer’s lugubrious Paris-set redemption tale is a film that’s positively marinated in tears, red wine and cigarette smoke. Hopes fade, and true love falters. But the performances are tart and tannic, ensuring the film goes out with a graceful dying fall.
Director: Pascal Bonitzer
Cast: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Kristin Scott Thomas, Isabelle Carré
Year of Release: 2012
Running Time: 100mins
Country of Origin: France
Language: French. Subtitles
Original Title : “Cherchez Hortense”