In Verderonne, a small village in the Oise, it's the first day of summer and Claire Darling (Catherine Deneuve) wakes up convinced to live her last day - She then decides to empty her house and brade everything without distinction, Tiffany lamps to the collection clock. The objects so loved echo her tragic and flamboyant life. This last madness brings back Marie (Chiara Mastroianni), her daughter, whom she has not seen for 20 years.
Claire is a midwife in a maternity hospital. She is humane and helpful and gives herself entirely to her patients. But her life is not a bed of roses for all that. Her maternity is about to close its doors and the devoted woman is determined not to work in the new modern hospital she regards as a "baby factory". Her personal life is no triumph either: she is single and does not make friends easily. To make matters worse, her student son Simon is gradually leaving home, as he is developing a relationship with his new sweetheart Lucie.
The first time we meet Malony, the central character of Emmanuelle Bercot’s Standing Tall, he’s barely standing short. The boy is six years old and cowering in the corner of an office at a courthouse in present-day France. The local children’s magistrate (Catherine Deneuve) is talking tersely to his mother (Sara Forestier), who’s shouting back while trying to pacify the howling baby on her knee by cramming the end of a mobile phone into his mouth. Like the human characters in a Tom and Jerry cartoon, the adults’ heads remain out of frame (...).
North of France, Sainte-Gudule, 1977. Suzanne is the submissive, housebound wife of wealthy industrialist Robert Pujol, who oversees his umbrella factory with an iron fist and is equally tyrannical with his children and ‘trophy housewife’. When the workers go on strike and take Robert hostage, Suzanne steps in to manage the factory. To everyone’s surprise, she proves herself a competent and assertive woman of action. But when Robert returns from a restful cruise in top form, things get complicated...
Atypically, vet Gallic helmer Andre Techine’s latest film, ”The Girl on the Train”, centers on one of the most media-blitzed events of recent French history: a young woman’s invented story about being attacked on a train by black and Arab youths who mistook her for a Jew.
The Vuillards shared history of physical and mental illness, estrangement, self harm, and loss doesn't lead itself to the idea of a cheerful holiday season. But can a Christmastime reunion, a scheme concocted by three of the youngest family members, finally bring peace their clan? Directed by: Arnaud Desplechin Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Mathieu Amalric, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Anne Consigny, Amanuele Devos, Chiara Mastroianni, Emile Berling