The breakout French hit of the 2017 Cannes International Film Festival, where it premiered to multiple, raucous standing ovations, writer/director Carine Tardieu’s charming romantic comedy is a winning tale of parenthood, love and family, both lost and found.
When lonely 45-year-old widower Erwan discovers by accident that that man who raised him isn’t his real father, he begins a search for his biological one. Thanks to a local private detective he soon locates the mischievous, 70-something Joseph, whom it seems his mother may have known briefly. Erwan soon falls not only for his charm, but that of the impetuous Anna, who has ties to them both. But the conflicting loyalties become compounded by the pregnancy of his own daughter who defiantly refuses to name the father. Soon Erwan’s families begin to collide, to unexpected, hilarious and moving effect.
Offering a terrific showcase for her brilliant cast, director Carine Tardieu skillfully weaves a wholly-entertaining exploration of love, coincidence and human connection. Few films manage to pluck both the heartstrings and the funny bone. It’s a delight.
Light-hearted, sharp and funny, the kind of French comedy that doesn’t come around so often nowadays. – The Hollywood Reporter
The comedy favourite of Cannes. Invigorating and intelligent. -Le Parisien ★★★★★
Beautiful, touching and hilarious. This film will move you. – Elle Magazine ★★★★
France, 2017 | Language: France | 100 minutes | Cert: CLUB
Director: Carine Tardieu
Cast: Francois Damiens, Cecile De France, Guy Marchand, Andre Wilms, Alice de Lencquesaing
Presented with the support of the French Embassy and the Institut Français.