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The Father Of My Children Review

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When work pressure becomes too much for one man, his wife steps up to preserve his legacy and his relationship with their children.

★★★★

Inspired by the tradgedy of French producer Humbert Balsan, this is among the most affecting attempts to tackle the credit crunch.

Workaholic Louis-Do de Lencquesaing has always been good at sheltering wife Chiara Caselli from the pressures of his all-consuming job. But when it finally proves too much for him, she steps up to preserve both his cinematic legacy and his paternal significance to their three daughters.

Clearly drawing on her own concerns for the future of independent filmmaking, Mia Hansen-Løve maintains focus on the anguish of bereavement, while also celebrating the indomitability of children.

Authentic in its depiction of both the filmic and domestic milieux, this is delicate, incisive, touching and trenchant.

Authentic in its depiction of both the filmic and domestic milieux, this is delicate, incisive, touching and trenchant.

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