Familia (2005)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 2, 2005
DVD Release Date: August 8, 2006
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Derek Elley

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.

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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter

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.

Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

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.

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Urban Cinefile

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

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...a delicate dramedy that engages difficult themes in a way that seems neither forced nor arch.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A smart, well-modulated drama from first-time Quebec director Louise Archambault that packs a powerful after-effect.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Tackles some heavy domestic issues for a sitcom film and does so incisively and intelligently.

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S. James Wegg

Chick flick extraordinaire!

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Abell
This French-Canadian film tells a largely depressing tale of three families, with tenuous connections, that are slowly unraveling. Michelle (Sylvie Moreau), a… More
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I usually hate movies made in quebec but surprisingly i loved this one... the ties between two mothers and their own daughters is quite appelaing in this movie… More
FanGirl Browncoat
A family drama that focus on two women and their daughters as their lives come crashing down around them. They may have thrown one to many issues into this… More