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23rd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival

Real Love

C'est ça l'amour

2018, Claire Burger, France, 99 min.
With Bouli Lanners, Justine Lacroix

Show Times

  • Sun, Mar 8th 3:00pm
  • Thu, Mar 12th 6:00pm

"A beautifully-wrought, refreshingly understated study of love and parenting…extremely believable, never histrionic, and often moving."—Demetrios Matheou, Screen International

"This gorgeous film's gentle miracle is to take its well-worn, soapy setup and rinse it of cliché, so it comes up new and shining. For any father who ever loved his child, or any child who ever loved their father, REAL LOVE brings real joy."—Jessica Kiang, Variety

This wise, warm comedy-drama is about letting go and moving on, along with the power of art to give us some perspective on our messy emotions. Bull-headed, big-hearted civil servant Mario Messina (Lanners in a marvelously sympathetic yet unsentimental performance) is in limbo: his wife Armelie has recently moved out (not without reason), leaving him to care for their two teenage daughters. Still clinging to the hope of reconciliation, he auditions for a workshop production at the theater where Armelie works, becoming more involved in his role as he reluctantly faces the fact that she has left for good and his maturing daughters will soon follow. In her first solo effort following the co-directed Cannes Camera D'Or-winner PARTY GIRL (2014), writer-director Burger displays a Renoiresque generosity toward her flawed characters and an ability to work the cringe-comedy border region between the farcical and the excruciating. In French with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. Courtesy of UniFrance USA and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. (MR)

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