In the Name of My Daughter (L’Homme qu’on aimait trop)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

North American Premiere

“I was hooked, pulled in by the scenes with Haenel—whose intensity here recalls the ferocity of Isabelle Adjani in her best performances from the ’70s and ’80s—and Catherine Deneuve, her hair dyed a blinding, Hitchcock-blonde white, as Haenel’s casino-operating mother. To witness the lioness of French cinema (Deneuve superfans will be pleased to know that she appears in two other films in this year’s “Rendez-Vous” slate) and one of its ascendant young talents in the same frame is to be reminded of the nation’s greatest natural resource: actresses.” – Melissa Anderson, Artforum

André Téchiné, whose previous film Unforgivable was a Rendez-Vous 2012 selection, returns with another penetrating psychological drama. In 1976 Nice, young divorcee Agnès Le Roux (Adèle Haenel) falls for shady lawyer Maurice Agnelet (Tell No One director Guillaume Canet), allowing him to manipulate her into handing the casino run by her mother, Renée (Catherine Deneuve), over to the mob. The subsequent disappearance of Agnès and Maurice’s emigration to Panama with her money convinces Renée that he has murdered her, and so she swears to see justice served. Téchiné’s atmospheric recounting of the real-life Affaire Le Roux features a regal turn from Deneuve and further evidence of Haenel’s immense versatility and remarkable talent. A Cohen Media Group release.

Additional screenings March 11 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Part of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2015

  • Country Poland/Denmark/France/UK
  • Language In French with English subtitles
  • Rating NR
  • Running Time 116 minutes
  • Director André Téchiné