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Family Resemblances

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Original title
Un air de famille (Family Resemblances)
Running time
110 min.
France France
Agnés Jaoui, Jean-Pierre Bacri, Cédric Klapsich (Play: Agnés Jaoui, Jean-Pierre Bacri)
Philippe Eidel
Benoît Delhomme
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France 2 Cinéma / Le Studio Canal+ / Téléma / Canal+ / Cofimage 7
Comedy | Family Relationships. Black Comedy
Synopsis / Plot
A family gathers in a tavern, ostensibly to celebrate a birthday, but poking each other's sore spots turns out to be the main order of business. Henri runs a saloon that he inherited from his father called "The Sleepy Dad," and in the near-empty bar, he plays host to several members of the family as they mark the 35th birthday of his sister-in-law, Yolande. Henri's sister, Betty, is 30, single, and not very happy about it; his brother (and Yolande's husband), Phillipe, runs a growing software company; Mother is the siblings' strong-willed matriarch. Henri's bartender Denis is the one neutral party on hand, and he provides the voice of reason in the midst of the bickering. In one evening and during one meal, family history, tensions, collective and separate grudges, delights, and memories both clash and coalesce.
1996: Cesar Awards: 3 Awards. 6 Nominations
1996: Montréal World Film Festival: Special Grand Prize of the Jury (ex aequo)
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