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Michele, a divorced aerobics instructor with a gambling addiction, loses her job and seeks refuge with a childhood friend, Janine, who lives in a seemingly comfortable middle-class suburban neighborhood. Michele's rebellious teenage daughter, Marguerite, and Janine's shy and reserved daughter, Gabrielle, become friends, leading to unforeseen tensions that force both generations to reassess their values.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Pic would play much better as an ironic Altmanesque comedy, since its moments of pure drama are the weakest. Still, this is a largely entertaining feature debut."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"Steering well clear of soap opera, the film offers a slice of life that women will surely recognize and men would no doubt benefit from seeing."
‑ Ray Bennett, Hollywood Reporter
"A mundane melodrama that drags us along to window shop for some cheap, knock-off dysfunction. . . the women are about as interesting as stale donuts and the lying, cheating men are like the deep fryer's leftover lard drippings."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Open-ended, inconclusive, heartfelt, unsentimental and curious, it's a movie that respects something too few popular entertainments do these days: our right to stumble our way from one day to the next."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Don't let the DVD slick's happy smiling faces fool you; this is no flimsy chick flick, but a hard headed, big hearted expose of contemporary life"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"...a delicate dramedy that engages difficult themes in a way that seems neither forced nor arch."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"A smart, well-modulated drama from first-time Quebec director Louise Archambault that packs a powerful after-effect."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Tackles some heavy domestic issues for a sitcom film and does so incisively and intelligently."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Chick flick extraordinaire!"
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
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