Director: Arnaud Desplechin
Writer: Arnaud Desplechin, Emmanuel Bourdieu, Jacques Asher
Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Anne Consigny, Mathieu Amalric, Melvil Poupaud
The Vuillard family gathers: Junon and Abel, a daughter Elizabeth and her son Paul, Henri and a girlfriend, Ivan, his wife Sylvia and their young sons, and cousin Simon. Six years before, Elizabeth paid Henri’s debts and demanded he never see her again or visit their parents’ home. Paul, at 16, has mental problems and faces a clinical exam. Junon learns she needs a bone marrow transplant if she’s to live beyond a few months: thus the détente bringing all together. Two family members have compatible marrow, but the spats, fights, cruel words, drunken toasts, and somewhat civilized bad behavior threaten all; plus Junon may simply refuse treatment. Do we know ourselves?