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2010 Festival Feature Films (March 25-28)

Mères et filles

French director Julie Lopes-Curval presents Mères et filles

director Julie Lopes-Curval screenplay Julie Lopes-Curval, Sophie Hiet starring Catherine Deneuve, Marie-Josée Croze, Marina Hands, Michel Duchaussoy, Jean-Philippe Ecoffey, Carole Franck, Éléonore Hirt running time 1 h 45 min general audience


Three women, three generations.

In the 1950s, Louise left her husband when their children were still very young. She was never heard from again. Her daughter, Martine, stayed in the small seaside town, where she became a doctor.

Martine's daughter, Audrey, an independent 30-year-old, returns to visit her parents. By chance, she finds a notebook that belonged to her grandmother — a diary that may at last explain her departure.

Will it reveal the things left unsaid that have altered the relationships within the heart of the family ever since? In it, will Audrey find answers to the questions that she asks herself about her own future?

Julie Lopes-Curval

selected filmography

2009 Mères et filles
2005 Toi et moi
2001 Bord de mer
  Mademoiselle Butterfly

Catherine Deneuve

selected filmography

2010 Les yeux de sa mère by Thierry Klifa
2009 Mères et filles by Julie Lopes-Curval
  L’Homme qui voulait vivre sa vie by Eric Lartigau
  Potiche by François Ozon
2008 Un conte de Noël by Arnaud Desplechin
  La fille du RER by André Téchiné
  Je veux voir by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige
  Cyprien by David Charhon
2007 Mes stars et moi by Laetitia Colombani
  Bancs Publics (Versailles rive droite) by Bruno Podalydès
2006 Après lui by Gaël Morel
2005 Le Concile de pierre by Guillaume Nicloux
  Le Héros de la famille by Thierry Klifa
  Persépolis by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
2004 Les Temps qui changent by André Téchiné
  Palais royal! by Valérie Lemercier
2003 Un film parlé by Manoel de Oliveira
  Rois et reine by Arnaud Desplechin
2002 Au plus près du paradis by Tonie Marshall
2001 Je rentre à la maison by Manoel de Oliveira
  Absolument fabuleux by Gabriel Aghion
  8 femmes by François Ozon
2000 Dancer in the dark by Lars Von Trier
  Le Petit Poucet by Olivier Dahan
1999 Belle maman by Gabriel Aghion
  Est-Ouest by Régis Wargnier
  Le Temps retrouvé by Raoul Ruiz
1998 Place Vendôme by Nicole Garcia
1996 Les Voleurs by André Téchiné
1994 La Partie d’échecs by Yves Hanchar
  Les Cent et une nuits by Agnès Varda
1993 Ma saison préférée by André Téchiné
  Les Demoiselles ont eu 25 ans by Agnès Varda
1991 La Reine blanche by Jean-Loup Hubert
1992 Indochine by Régis Wargnier
1987 Agent trouble by Jean-Pierre Mocky
1986 Le Lieu du crime by André Téchiné
1982 L’Africain by Philippe de Broca
1981 Le Choix des armes by Alain Corneau
  Hôtel des Amériques by André Téchiné
  Je vous aime by Claude Berri
1980 Le Dernier métro by François Truffaut
1979 A nous deux by Claude Lelouch
1977 Ames perdues by Dino Risi
1976 Si c’était à refaire by Claude Lelouch
1971 Ça n’arrive qu’aux autres by Nadine Trintignant
1970 Peau d’âne by Jacques Demy
  Tristana by Luis Bunuel
1969 La Sirène du Mississipi by François Truffaut
1967 Belle de jour by Luis Bunuel
1966 Les Créatures by Agnès Varda
  Les Demoiselles de Rochefort by Jacques Demy
1964 Les Parapluies de Cherbourg by Jacques Demy
  Les Plus Belles Escroqueries du monde by Claude Chabrol, Roman Polanski and Ugo Gregoretti
  Un monsieur de compagnie by Philippe de Broca
1963 Le Vice et la vertu by Roger Vadim


2002 Best Actress of the Year Award for film 8 Women
1998 Volpi Cup for Best Actress Award in Place Vendôme
1993 César award for Best Actress in Indochine
1981 César award for Best Actress in The Last Metro

Marie-Josée Croze

selected filmography

2009 Mères et filles by Julie Lopes-Curval
  Un balcon sur la mer by Nicole Garcia
2008 Liberté by Tony Gatlif
  Après l’océan by Eliane De Latour
  Je l’aimais by Zabou Breitman
2007 Deux jours à tuer by Jean Becker
  Le Nouveau protocole by Thomas Vincent
2006 Le Scaphandre et le papillon by Julian Schnabel
2005 La Petite Chartreuse by Jean-Pierre Denis
  Jacquou le Croquant by Laurent Boutonnat
  Ne le dis à personne by Guillaume Canet
2004 Mensonges et trahisons et plus si affinité… by Laurent Tirard
  Ordo by Laurence Ferreira Barbosa
2003 Les Invasions barbares by Denys Arcand
2002 Ararat by Atom Egoyan
2000 Des chiens dans la neige by Michel Welterlin


Cannes Film Festival Award for best Actress – Les Invasions barbares

Marina Hands

selected filmography

2009 Mères et filles by Julie Lopes-Curval
  Une exécution ordinaire by Marc Dugain
2008 Story of Jen by François Rotger
  Le Code a changé by Danièle Thompson
2006 Le Scaphandre et le papillon by Julian Schnabel
  Lady Chatterley by Pascale Ferran
2005 Ne le dis à personne by Guillaume Canet
  Mon homme by Stéphanie Tchou-Cotta
2004 Les Ames grises by Yves Angelo
  Le Temps d’un regard by Ilan Flammer
2003 Les Invasions barbares by Denys Arcand
2001 Sur le bout des doigts by Yves Angelo
2000 La Fidélité by Andrzej Zulawski
1995 Sans regret by Guillaume Canet


2007 César award for Best Actress – Lady Chatterley
  Lumière award for Best Actress – Lady Chatterley
  Tribeca Film Festival Award for Best Actress – Lady Chatterley
Best Actress award at the Luchon and Monte-Carlo Festivals – Un pique-nique chez Osiris

Interview with director, Julie Lopes-Curval

Where did the idea for Mères et filles come from?
In a very general sense, I wanted to talk about the position of the modern woman and the evolution of her situation over the years: the role that has been assigned to her, the freedom that she has earned. It’s something that I thought about during my trips abroad with my first film, Bord de mer. Mères et fillesThe fact that I was a young woman was constantly thrown at me as something astounding. What appeared natural to me seemed unusual elsewhere. I ended up reflecting upon the condition of women and also upon my own family history. I had first thought of a documentary and then I took off from the idea of three women from three different generations. I wanted a story that was tough and violent, that showed how the lack of freedom is still fresh in the memory of women today. I imagined three characters. A free modern woman, Audrey, with the question: what to do with one’s freedom? A woman, Louise, who finds herself a “prisoner” and what she can make of her prison. Then we have a woman caught between these two generations, Martine. I sought to veil these reflections somehow behind an apparently simple story: a pregnant woman asks herself questions, goes to stay with her family, investigates. It is important to hide what you want to tell and to tell it through each character, each situation, to see how the particular reveals the universal.

Starting from the idea, was the story quick to construct?
Oh no, the writing process was long, I started off on many different paths, it took some time for this story to become clearer to Sophie Hiet, my co-screenwriter, and to me. Mères et fillesAt one point, the film was to take place in a town on the seacoast where Christian Dior had lived. The couturier himself was one of the characters and the oldest woman would watch him pass by — he embodied Paris, an image of freedom. At another point, a part of the story was set in the 1970s, as we followed Martine in her youth. And then there was the idea of household electrical appliances, which represent a progress that was “freeing” to women. Audrey spent many moments of her childhood in this kitchen; she was happy there, she loved the objects that were in it. All of these ideas were put into place little by little, included with them the secret that I considered necessary for shedding light on the violence of the condition of women.




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