Mia Hansen-Love’s ‘One Fine Morning’ by Leah Seddox – Deadline

After climbing the competition with him last year Bergman IslandIt is sweet to see Mia Hansen-Love return to the ranks of Directors Fortnite. On the one hand, it’s a testament to her versatility that she can move forward so perfectly, but at the same time, it’s a little hard to see women’s stories seemingly excluded from the official selection when a lot of Bromans cuts every year. . It goes without saying One fine morning There’s something basic to offer – the story of an unmarried mother falling in love with her late husband’s (married) friend, it won’t win any prizes for advancing feminist cause – but it does offer a sketch of a very thoughtful character, surrounded by less used Bond star Leah Seddox could have a career-best role.

Watch a clip from Mia Hansen-Love’s ‘One Fine Morning’ starring Lea Seydoux

Seddox plays Sandra, a wonderful mother in Paris who lives alone with her young daughter. Sandra works as a translator, a strange but specific little detail that sees her work with veterans of the war on a one-minute trip to Normandy and gets stuck in a booth the next day at a boring trade conference. Sandra manages everything professionally, but her focus is on her father George (Pascal Gregory), a very favorite college professor who now suffers from Benson Syndrome, a form of Alzheimer’s that causes blindness and confusion. George has to be in full-time care, so Sandra reluctantly obeys his ex-wife’s wishes and starts packing up her rare record and huge collection of books.

At this point, Sandra reconnects with an old friend of her late husband, Clement (Melville Puppad), who is a cosmochemist because of the Mia Hansen-Love film. The spark is instantaneous, though Clement’s wardrobe tousle-haired Clement’s dress is clearly not in the same league as Sandra’s, and sex follows quickly and freshly without too much fuss, although Sandra knows the matter is starting to borrow time. All the while, her father’s health is failing her, the medical industry is failing her – every care home seems worse than the end – and only Sandra seems to care about her artistic heritage.

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It’s a light, warm film that doesn’t go beyond what you might expect, but it does create an interesting companion to Hansen-Love’s 2016 Berlin entry. Things to come, Which Isabel Hoopart played the role of a middle-aged woman who is suddenly released in the wake of her unexpected divorce and the death of her mother. If Things to come A movie about the future from an older woman’s perspective, One fine morning Conversely: A young woman sees her past glittering before her eyes, wondering how and if, it would ever be better. Poupods like Rafish Clement, and their chemistry is strong together, but Sedoux stands out here; Sandra has many elements that other actresses can easily handle – sexy, domestic, weak, practical, fragile, tough – but very few people can do them in the service of the same role.

Similarly there are some surprisingly riotous moments One fine morning The kind of slapstick you can find in Julie Delpie movies, especially in more family-centric movies. There is a very funny Christmas scene, where the people of Sandra’s father-in-law’s house perform the arrival of Santa in the wild joy of their children. But, oddly enough, Hansen-Love’s films are not shy to pretend, they are seldom self-contained, and there is always a sense of discipline that keeps everything on track. Whether he returns to the competition or not, we know for a fact that Hansen-Love would do well without it. The same cannot be said of competition, however, which requires a distinct voice like hers.

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