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In 1958, Françoise Sagan is not yet 30. Her first novels have made her rich and famous. She leads a frivolous and wild life, surrounded by her group of friends. On Aug. 8 of that same year, at the Deauville casino, she bets her final chips on the number 8 and wins 8 million francs. With this sum, a few hours later she buys the house she has rented for the summer near Honfleur. Without planning to do so, she becomes the owner of the property and vows that nobody will ever drive her away from that place. Why then, 40 years later, is she merely a guest at the house? What events have led the young… More
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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[The film] traps Françoise in a film so bland you would think it was depicting the lives of Isaac Funk and Adam Wagnalls and their attempts to publish a cheap, yet informative, encyclopedia."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"To reference the other Sagan, this movie is something of a black hole. Then again, it wasn't conceived as a movie."
‑ Craig Mathieson,
"What really damns it as literary biography is that it gives you little incentive to go back to her books."
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
"The problem with this film is that it tries to puddle-jump her life in a series of many chapters that, ironically, combine to deliver an incomplete picture of the person"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"This biopic, from respected film maker Diane Kurys gives Sylvie Testud a chance to channel this witty, amusing woman and let us think about her life. But it bustles along so fast my sympathy was only intermittently engaged."
‑ Julie Rigg, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"Edited down from its original incarnation as a two-part TV mini-series, the film in memory becomes a series of scenes with Sagan staggering about dropping drunken bons mots. Nothing can redeem this laughable material."
‑ Jake Wilson, The Age (Australia)
"It is with a sense of mere interested detachment that you learn about Sagan?s lovelorn, reckless existence."
‑ Alice Tynan, Concrete Playground
"Getting a sense of Françoise Sagan, novelist, playwright, screenwriter and lover of excess is almost a suffocating experience"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"If Sagan is an underappreciated literary icon as the filmmakers imply, they've failed to restore her memory any glory with this underwhelming, uninspiring portrait."
‑ Jim Mitchell, Trespass
"Sagan's fascinating life has been presented in a rather mundane fashion by Diane Kurys; it's chronologically plodding with a wall-papering of Sagan's writings on life and love in voice-over."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"Glum, grey portrait of an unhappy life."
‑ Ben McEachen, Empire Magazine Australasia
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