A delicate three-hander is played out between a charming but selfish man (Dirk Bogarde, in his final film), his estranged daughter (Jane Birkin) and his embittered, neglected wife (Odette Laure).
The sensitive screenplay by Bertrand Tavernier's former spouse, Colo Tavernier O’Hagan, may be at least partly autobiographical; the film, like a Chekhov play, allows small details to take on a magnified significance. Composed of discrete scenes like moving photos from a private album, the film’s montage, Tavernier observed, is dictated not by plot but by emotion.
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