Eighty-five year old André is a wealthy and successful art-collector, used to doing everything on his own terms. So, when he suffers a stroke, which leaves him unable to continue life as before, he asks his two daughters for help with his assisted suicide. The burden of dealing with this falls to his eldest daughter Emmanuèle, who must navigate the challenging consequences and practicalities of André’s decision.
Acclaimed director François Ozon’s handles this difficult subject, which is based on the real experience of his late friend and colleague Emmanuèle Bernheim (screenwriter on Ozon’s Swimming Pool), with an understated and light touch. Aided by an outstanding cast, with a particularly excellent Dussollier, the result is a poignant and powerful drama.
Directed by François Ozon | 113 mins | Cert 12A