One Fine Morning

audience Reviews

, 66% Audience Score
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Strong performances. The film transports you to the simple pleasures, the basic desires, and the sorrowful events that make our ordinary lives painful and worth living at the same time. It's my favorite style of French film making: a close up lens on ordinary lives.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    Mia Hansen-Løve tells a story about love and life in an interesting and long drawn out way. The French-language feature takes time to develop and then doesn't go anywhere, but that appears to be the point. Life is moving quickly at the same time it isn't progressing. Brilliant at its best, it is worth seeing, but won't be for everyone. Final Score: 6.2/10
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    Boring and regurgitated movie about Alzheimers, infidelity and supposed romance. Nothing new was explored in the movie. Only redeeming qualities were the acting all the way around. Everyone bought in to the script for whatever reason and the work reflected that.
  • Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
    One fine film. Simple, no pretentious
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    What a wonderful film. The complexities of our lives rendered beautifully on screen. A powerful but gentle exploration of choices and challenges. Fantastic performances all around, great direction and cinematography and written with love and compassion.
  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    One Fine Morning is an under stated, warm and quietly observed family drama that is both tender and compassionate. Director Mia Hansen-Love has made another film rich in human connections. Sandra is a young widow with a young daughter. Her professor father has a form of dementia that is deteriorating quite rapidly. He lives by himself but soon will need to be taken into care. This leaves Sandra no time to begin any form of relationship. But when she meets Clement she does begin one. He is married but there is a genuine and strong between the pair. This intelligent film manages to weave the storylines together quite beautifully at times. There are no major plot developments but rather just quiet observances on every day life. Lea Seydoux is her usual superb self as Sandra. A performance rich and genuine. The film at times lacks dramatic high points but it's a lovely and charming film nonetheless.
  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    One Fine Morning - Un beau matin (2022) is a romantic drama film written and directed by Mia Hansen-Løve, starring Léa Seydoux, Pascal Greggory, Melvil Poupaud and Nicole Garcia. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2022, winning the Europa Cinemas Label Award for Best European Film. It tells the story of Sandra (Seydoux), a widow and translator who cares for her father, Georg (Greggory), a former philosophy teacher with neurodegenerative disease. She meets Clément (Poupaud), a married chemical cosmologist who has returned from a work expedition at the North Pole, and they start an affair. The film explores the themes of love, loss, memory and mortality through the parallel stories of Sandra and Georg. Sandra is trying to cope with her grief and loneliness while also facing the challenges of finding a suitable nursing home for her father, who is gradually losing his cognitive and sight abilities. Georg struggles to hold on to his identity and dignity as he experiences hallucinations and confusion. He often talks about his girlfriend, Leila, whom he met in Algeria during the war. Clément is a catalyst for Sandra's emotional awakening, as he shows her a different perspective on life and science. He takes her to his lab, where he studies the origin of the universe and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. The film is shot beautifully by Denis Lenoir, who captures the contrast between the urban and natural landscapes and the changing seasons. The score by Nicolas Godin is subtle and atmospheric, enhancing the film's mood. The acting is superb, especially by Seydoux and Greggory, who convey their characters' complex emotions with nuance and sensitivity. Seydoux portrays Sandra as a strong but vulnerable woman torn between her duty and desire. Greggory delivers a heartbreaking performance as Georg, who is aware of his condition but tries to maintain his sense of humour and curiosity. The pace could be faster and more varied; some scenes feel unnecessary or repetitive. The dialogue is lacking in naturalism and spontaneity. The relationship between Sandra and Clément is not very convincing or compelling, as they lack chemistry and depth. The film also avoids addressing ethical and moral issues, such as the impact on their respective families. One Fine Morning - Un beau matin (2022) is a touching and thoughtful film that deals with universal themes realistically and humanly. It is not a typical romantic drama but a meditation on life, death, love, and memory. It is a film that will make you feel both sad and hopeful, as it shows the beauty and fragility of human existence.
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    Totally underwhelming.
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Truthful portrayal of the beauty in and of ordinary life. Beautiful cinematography.
  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Beautifully and gracefully crafted and obviously deeply personal to writer-director Mia Hansen-Løve as she mines her own life for material in this poetic, quietly emotional and very European indie drama which has two parallel narratives running concurrently, connected by Léa Seydoux's central character, Sandra, a single-mom translator in Paris. While her philosophy professor father, Pascal Greggory's Georg, has an advancing neuro-degenerative disease which necessitates his moving into full-time care, she has to juggle familial and work commitments as well as an affair with a married friend, Melvil Poupaud's Clément, who has suddenly re-entered her life. If the film seems episodic, and one really has to pay attention to how they're dressed and background information to ascertain what time of the year it is and how much time has passed in between scenes, it's all part and parcel of Hansen-Løve's more understating observational style which makes the film all the more compelling and engaging to experience. The incredibly French cast is sublime and Seydoux's performance is subtle yet totally mesmerizing, in a film that's deceptively light and amusing, almost frothy, much like the familial dynamics it depicts, but also brimming with emotions and thoughtfulness that linger long afterwards. If the to-ing and fro-ing between Sandra and Clément seems repetitive and frustrating, it's also very non-judgmental and sensual. Seemingly unconnected, we also cut back and forth to heartfelt and poignantly written scenes where Sandra and her family coming to terms with and making arrangements for the once brilliant Georg as he slowly fades away. For anyone who has cared for an elderly family member who has left mentally before their physical bodies do whilst involved in an extramarital affair, you've hit the jackpot. For everyone else, this remains an empathetic and hopeful portrait of grief and life continuing regardless afterwards.