The Father of My Children (Le pere de mes enfants)
The Father of My Children (Le pere de mes enfants) (2010)

Grégoire Canvel has everything a man could want. A wife he loves, three delightful children and a stimulating job. He's a film producer. Discovering talented filmmakers and developing films that fit his conception of the cinema-free and… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 28, 2010
DVD Release Date: June 21, 2010
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A tragedy gracefully lifted by tender empathy and moments of joy, Father of My Children is a quiet triumph for writer-director Mia Hansen-Love.

Lisa Rosman

This is not an easy movie. It tackles big stuff- the biggest, really... But it breathes, nonetheless, and encourages us to do so too even in the wake of the grief it inspires us to recall in our lives.

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

A modest drama about a suicide and its aftermath that never quite moves an audience as it should.

Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Draws one in both empathetically and suspensefully.

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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

The film is achieved with a rare tenderness and grace by 29-year-old French actress-filmmaker Mia Hanson-Love.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

A subtle work on an exceedingly difficult subject.

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Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

A heartbreaking fable about life, legacy and the way men define themselves through their work.

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David Roark
Dallas Morning News

While the movie is far from perfect, those potential missteps are, in the end, part of what makes The Father of My Children so beautiful.

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James Berardinelli

The Father of My Children is exceptional drama. Compelling and unforced, it shows sensitivity and evenhandedness in approaching a difficult subject.

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Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto

It's quiet, unshowy and devastating.

Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A man with a troubled professional life and an idyllic personal life is forced to re-evaluate his life. An hour into this film, there's an event which… More
Mark Abell
An excellent treatment of a difficult subject that was all the more personal for this viewer because of the recent suicide of someone he thought he knew fairly… More
Cynthia S.
One of those films that critics love, I guess. For me....ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Walter M.
In "Father of My Children," Sylvie(Chiara Caselli) patiently waits for her husband Gregoire(Louis-Do de Lencquesaing), a film producer, to come to… More
Gordon Anderson
Expertly crafted French drama with naturalistic child performances which is let down by the central conceit not being believably built up.
Daniel Parsons
A beautiful film concerning a father's denial and then desperation as his production company gets deeper and deeper into the red, and the gradual and… More