Meier remains commuted to mine unusual family relationships and locate some tension in it. At its very best, this can work strongly on those terms, but the movie remains too distant, more of a hypothesis and the main bons remains less felt than intended.
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The most hopeful moment here, when poor Danielle Darrieux finally manages to leave her coffeeshop after being stuck there the whole movie, happens in the same scene as the saddest moment in the history of motion pictures, Deneuve and Perrin final miss. That's Demy in a single shot.