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A young girl explores the personal and professional legacy (and the long-hidden secrets) of her film-producer pater in Mia Hansen-Løve's festival hit, which won the Special Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival.
Mia Hansen-Løve's richly moving family drama, which won the Special Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival, is a film à clef tribute to the late producer Humbert Balsan, the independent art-cinema luminary who encouraged Hansen-Løve in the making of her first feature. As the head of the struggling production house Moon Films, Grégoire Canvel (Louis-Do de Lencequesaing) refuses to let his company's looming bankruptcy impede launching new films with under-recognized masters and untried young directors, which puts a considerable strain on his home life with his wife and three young daughters. After both professional and personal tragedy strikes the family, Grégoire's eldest daughter Clémence (played by Louis-Do's daughter Alice de Lencquesaing) delves into her father's past, discovering both long-buried secrets and also the source of the passionate, enveloping love which he brought to both his family and his films. "An extraordinarily empathetic humanistic drama, a film of love, joy, sadness and hope that understands how complex our emotions are and does beautiful justice to them" (Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times).