France | 2021 |113’ | 15 | François Ozon | French with English subtitles | Sophie Marceau, André Dussollier
When 85-year-old André has a stroke, his daughter Emmanuèle hurries to see him in hospital. Sick and half-paralysed, he asks Emmanuèle to help organise the end of his life. With the grudging support of her younger sister, she begins sorting through the complicated and bureaucratic hurdles necessary to fulfil her father’s request. But how should she go about it?
Rather than agonising about the ethics of the situation, Ozon’s briskly unsentimental but tremendously tender film is more interested in its practical aspects. How will André’s death be achieved legally, and (as he in particular worries) will it be a rip-off? Life keeps intruding on the whole thing, and into his and Emmanuèle’s conversations, illuminating the difficulties of their past relationship and the subsequent weight of his request. Smart, measured, and wrenching in part precisely because of its restraint, this is a candid, finely wrought and very affecting study of complicated family ties and the realities of assisted dying.
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