Drama films

An Impossible Love review – mother and daughter separated | Drama films

WDirector and director Catherine Corsini tends to be unfairly overlooked in appreciations of contemporary French cinema. I really enjoyed her latest film, Summertime, a swooning lesbian romance sharpened by a 1970s feminist rock-hard background. But I’m not convinced that An impossible love is the film that will elevate its status within the arthouse community. It’s not that it’s bad – on the contrary, this adaptation of a novel by Christine Angot is an intimate and sensitively observed study of a mother-daughter relationship. But it is also one of the most subdued films of Corsini’s career, an image that quills his fierce political heart with a woolly layer of female martyrdom.

Rachel (Virginie Efira, who plays the character in her mid-twenties to sixties) is captivated when she meets Philippe (Niels Schneider), a sophisticated Parisian who quotes Nietzsche and drops flippant snippets in a conversation about his Jewish heritage. The toxic narcissistic horn sounds early in the relationship, perhaps from the time Philippe gives her a mandatory reading list.

Rachel has her baby – a daughter, Chantal – but Philippe casually dismisses any suggestion that he should recognize the child as his. Even so, his malignant presence permeates Rachel and Chantal’s life, marring the bond between them. The class and dignity that Rachel shows are the same things that Philippe claims she misses; the reasons why she is unfit to be his wife. And since Philippe deserves to be sentenced to death by being force-fed with his own horrific Gauloises and leather-bound philosophy books, Rachel’s restraint, while admirable, does little to quash the outrage. of the public in its favor.