Les invités de mon père (My Father's Guests)

Oops, just missed it! This film is no longer available on Netflix streaming or DVD. Parents aren't easy. Even as you get older. Even if they happen to be a well-recognized human rights activist, welcoming undocumented immigrants to their upscale apartment in Paris.

It all leads Arnaud (Fabrice Luchini) and Babette (Karin Viard) to beg the question, “is there such a thing as a selfless good deed?” When the very sensual 38-year-old Tatiana and her young daughter Sorina, fresh from Moldova, start building a close relationship with their father Lucien (Michel Aumont), it really gets the siblings wondering.

Anne Le Ny’s My Father’s Guests (Les invités de mon père, 2010) is a story of the constant struggle fora brother and sister to finally gain acknowledgment from their father, while allowing him to find his own happiness and move on with his life. 

All in all, the film, which moves easily from comedy to drama, thanks to its strong cast and sharp dialogues, is less about illegal immigration than it is about the moral dilemma for a family who’s grown distant and is full of more secrets than it would like to admit.

Nicole Eicholtz

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