Baptiste is a loner. A gifted primary teacher living in the south of France, he knowshow to bring their schoolwork alive for his pupils but never remains in the same jobfor more than a term. His unremarkable appearance masks cracks, even violence…
When he is left unwittingly in charge of Mathias one weekend by the child’s negligent father, the boy takes Baptiste to his mother Sandra, a dazzling but fragile woman who works on the beach near Montpellier. An erratic parent who longs to make amends, she welcomes Baptiste and her son into her bungalow. For one enchanted day, a powerful spell unites them, the beginnings of a family for those who do not have one.
But it won’t last. Sandra owes money and her creditors are moving in. She is forced to flee again. To help her, Baptiste must return to the roots of his life, and to the darkest, most painful secrets within him.
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Director: Nicole Garcia
Language: French (with English subtitles)
Run Time: 91 mins
Rating: M (Infrequent course language)
“A fine drama in the best French tradition of intimate yet ambivalent character observation, in which unexpectedly crossed paths turn out to be a catalyst for mutual change.”
- Dennis Harvey, Variety
“[Garcia’s] sensitive dissection of the complexity of family ties and the chemistry of attraction produces an engaging, emotional film.”
- Liza Domnitz, Tribeca Film Festival
“Garcia has crafted a pensive, tender character study that remains involving throughout.”
- Tim Grierson, Screen Daily