Run time: 113 mins
Award-winning French filmmaker François Ozon’s valid and courageous reflection on assisted suicide.
Emmanuèle (Sophie Marceau) is a Parisian writer whose difficult childhood was always blamed on her depressed and unsupportive father, Andre (André Dussolier). Now, at 85, the latter is recovering from a severe stroke at a hospital. Despite daily improvements, he remains in permanent anguish, leading him to ask his daughter to help him end it all. As Emmanuèle begins sorting through the complicated processes necessary to fulfil her father’s request, she grapples with her own personal conflicts.
Effectively blending heavy drama and dark comedic tones, this is a film which soars due to the strength of its acting. In a truly powerful but understated performance, Marceau delivers a whirlwind of emotions that bubble under the surface through her subtle expressions. She perfectly embodies Emmanuèle as someone with both the ability to show strength in the face of an impossible decision, while also allowing herself moments where she breaks down.
Ozon is an expert of observational understatement that touches on something deeper. Once again here, it is the finer details that hold the most weight, resulting in a quietly beautiful take on the meanings of both life and death.