At the end of the 1950s, Rachel (Virginie Efira), a young office clerk living in a provincial town, meets Philippe (Niels Schneider), a well-educated man from a wealthy family. They share an intense but short-lived romance, from which their daughter Chantal is born. Over the next 50 years, their lives will be shaped by the unconditional love between a mother and her daughter, overshadowed by the impossible love of a woman for a man that rejects her, and of a daughter for an absent and abusive father.
Superbly performed and directed, this is a hugely impressive work by Corsini (Summertime, Leaving), with meticulous period recreation and a potent feminist voice. Efira is formidable, and Savages singer Jehnny Beth makes a striking appearance as the adult Chantal.
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