Mia Hansen-Løve’s second feature is another personally inspired story of family ties, personal tragedy, and the passage of time. Film producer Grégoire Canvel (Louis-Do de Lencquesaing) is a charming, dynamic hustler and a champion of important new filmmakers.
Blessed with a wonderful homelife with his wife Sylvia and three young daughters, he seems to have it all. But behind Grégoire’s carefully managed façade lies the cold reality of financial ruin, and as the pressure begins to mount, a tragedy awaits the family.
Presented in a matter of fact, unhurried and elliptical style, the dramatic turning point of Father of My Children acts as a gateway to a subtle and moving exploration of how family bonds are changed and rebuilt in times of heartbreak.
Loosely based on the story of Hansen-Løve’s former producer Humbert Balsan, Father of My Children established its’ director’s regular approach of utilising personal experience to explore universal truths.
This film is screening at Tyneside Cinema as a part of our season Things To Come: The Films of Mia Hansen-Løve, click here to find out more.