THE FATHER OF MY CHILDREN (LE PÈRE DE MES ENFANTS) (Mia Hansen-Løve, 2009)
IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave. at Third St., 212-924-7771
Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, 1886 Broadway at 63rd St., 212-757-2280
May 28 – June 10
Winner of the Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, THE FATHER OF MY CHILDREN is a heart-wrenching drama from writer-director Mia Hansen-Løve (ALL IS FORGIVEN). Louis-Do de Lencquesaing stars as Grégoire Canvel, a movie producer and married father of three girls who is always on the go, trying anything he can to save his failing company, which prefers making art-house films that go over budget than popular garbage that might actually turn a profit. After Grégoire makes a tragic decision, his wife, Sylvia (Chiara Caselli), and three daughters, Clémence (Louis-Do’s real-life daughter, Alice de Lencquesaing), Valentine (Alice Gautier), and Billie (Manelle Driss), are left to pick up the pieces of what once was a very happy, thriving family. Partly inspired by the life of French film producer Humbert Balsan, THE FATHER OF MY CHILDREN is a powerful, emotional work centered on a close family searching for clarity through the despair. Hansen-Løve’s seamless direction allows the strong cast to avoid treacly melodrama as the characters try to put their life back together amid extremely difficult situations.