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Grandsons (2004)

Cast: Reine Ferrrato, Reine Ferrrato, Guillaume Quatravaux, more...
Director: Ilan Duran Cohen, Ilan Duran Cohen
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Studio: Strand Home Video
Genre: Foreign, France, Dysfunctional Families
Running Time: 84 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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Written and directed by filmmaker Ilan Duran Cohen, this French comedy centers on the relationship between a gay man and his loving grandmother. Though the young man is in a committed relationship, his grandmother's new housekeeper throws an unexpected wrench in the gears. Starring Reine Ferrato and Guillaume Quatravaux, Grandsons received honors at the 2004 Venice Film Festival. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Cold Fusion by talltale July 31, 2006 - 4:15 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Just squeaking into the OK level, the French film GRANDSONS--written and directed by Ilan Duran Cohen--fuses documentary filmmaking technique with what I believe to be a fictional story about the relationship between a young man whose mom has died and the grandmother who helped raise him. This fusion has its moments but overall is a bit tedious.

The young man appears spoiled and narcissistic in the extreme; it may take awhile, if ever, before you warm up to him. Granny is slowly declining and has taken in a young gay man to help her with cleaning and coping. Her grandson has an older lover with whom he seems to be splitting up, and he's also putting off the scattering of mom's ashes (in Scotland, as per her wishes). Due to all this, Granny may lose the opportunity to babysit the cute little boy who lives nearby. That's pretty much it.

The film, at only around 75 minutes (on the DVD I viewed, at least), still seems both unduly attenuated and lacking in pertinent details that might help involve us. It's not bad, but it's not quite good enough. Hard to believe that this is the same writer/director who gave us the surprising, funny, whip-smart and stylish "Confusion of Genders" back in 2000.

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(Average 3.43)
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