Non Ma Fille, Tu N'iras Pas Danser (Making Plans for Lena)
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Non Ma Fille, Tu N'iras Pas Danser (Making Plans for Lena)
As soon as she gets to the Gare Montparnasse, things start to go wrong for Lena: she loses her son Anton and just misses her train. In her bag, the baby magpie that her daughter Augustine wanted to save is slowly dying. On arriving in Brittany, she discovers that her parents and sister are plotting together for her good and have summoned her ex-husband, Nigel. She feels betrayed, humiliated and disgusted. Should she leave or stay? Send everything packing? Her limited self-confidence begins to evaporate. The ghosts of duty, social judgement and family order band together to prevent her from… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Makes you understand these spiky relationships in a visceral way. Even minor characters, with their strengths and faults and fits of irrationality, emerge as complicated, three-dimensional beings."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Lena settles into a '70s American groove, with Mastroianni making an all-in, glam-free performance look easy."
‑ Karina Longworth, Village Voice
"This study of a difficult woman, without a truly electrifying actress in the role, never catches fire."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Chiara Mastroianni's performance is the only saving grace of this tedious family drama."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"It's just an accumulation of bland incidents involving the central character and her family."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"The thought of an overnight stay with this eccentric, self-centred bunch - even in the beautiful countryside of Brittany - is chilling. 105 minutes was more than enough..."
‑ Simon Foster,
"Christophe Honoré's character study is one monolithic mash note for Chiara Mastroianni."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"With Téchiné-like expertise, Honoré delicately weaves together the dramas of his characters' lives."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine