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My Favorite Season (1993)

Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Deneuve, Daniel Auteuil, more...
Director: André Téchiné, André Téchiné
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Studio: Fox Lorber
Genre: Drama, Foreign, France
Running Time: 122 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

French critic and filmmaker André Téchiné directs the intense family drama Ma Saison Préférée (My Favorite Season), which he co-wrote with screenwriter Pascal Bonitzer. Family matriarch Berthe (Marthe Villalonga) is advancing in years and developing health problems, so she goes to live with her daughter Emilie (Catherine Deneuve). Emilie is a cold, fiftysomething professional who lives in a large upper-class home in Toulouse. She also lives with her husband Bruno (Jean-Pierre Bouvier), her daughter Anne (Deneuve's real-life daughter Chiara Mastroianni), and her adopted son Lucien (Anthony Prada). When Christmas arrives, Emilie's troubled brother Antoine (Daniel Auteuil) arrives at the house for a visit. He and Emilie have not spoken since their father's funeral three years ago. Despite his attempts to maintain control, Antoine quickly comes into conflict with Bruno. Painful emotional realities from the past return and cause violent conclusions. My Favorite Season was shown in competition at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

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Typically French with some surprises by lanihardage December 29, 2004 - 11:01 AM PST
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Typically French in a good way - the characters never do what you would expect them to do in an American movie--this is refreshing--but they do remain in character. There are elements of fantasy, as when the adult Catherine reenacts a scene from her childhood. There are understated hints of sexual intrigue, such as the confused daughter bedding her brother's sex partner. There is casual sex with Catherine Deneuve in public. There is the aging mother who is also a prodigious actress. The synopsis is a bit misleading - the main violence is emotional.

late august,early september by cammelltoe April 16, 2004 - 4:32 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
a more than worthy flick in the guise of a Catherine Deneuve vehicle. Like Oliver Assayas' Late August, Early September and Techine's own Wild Reeds, this is all about character(s) instead of plot and the tension is generally created by people bouncing off each other (usually painfully)instead of the spectre of some looming, major event. That said, if you don't buy the characters, My Favorite Season will be a bore. But if you do get into it, you'll be rewarded by a mature, raw, honest, emotional experience that is not to be found in the cinema of the big name star on these shores

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