Familia
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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.
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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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