Lionel, a widower, had lived in easy domesticity with his daughter, but realises the time has come for her to find her own life and leave home. From this simple premise Denis weaves a magical and moving piece of cinema that deals with large subjects with the lightest of touches. PLEASE NOTE THAT SUBTITLES NEED TO TURNED OFF IN THE DVD MENU IN ORDER TO WORK. THIS IS DUE THE PUBLISHERS ERROR.
I usualy like foreign language films - though French ones have a reputation for being slow and tedious, and this is no exception. The movie can be summarised thus: lots of ethnic minority people go to work and come back to their tower block in the suburbs of Paris, then go out in a taxi, break down in the rain, go to a bar, drink run (though no-one ever explains why 35 shots of rum...) and a man drives a train; their is much philosophical and depressive talk of age and death. A shame really: there are much better films to be made about the French immigrant population. Perhaps it's because it's directed by a woman, and women directors usually focus on family relationships and soapy stuff rather than good plot and the story. Maybe this would have been better as a TV series?
So, in summary - if you want good entertainment, do not watch this self-indulgent French yawn-fest. If however you are suffering from insomnia, however, and need something to put you to sleep, this movie is highly recommended.
One or two stars - maybe one and a half, for the good acting.