|The family grieve.|
Father of my Children (2009) is based on the life of French film producer Humbert Balsan who hanged himself in his Paris offices in 2005. Balsan funded films by various independent directors including Claire Denis, James Ivory, Lars von Trier and Bela Tarr. One of the films he was hoping to produce just before he died was All is Forgiven (2007) the debut feature film by young writer and director Mia Hansen-Love. Father of my Children is her second feature film and her personnel tribute to a man she obviously has a great deal of respect for. Although a typically French middleclass drama involving family, finances and misfortune it’s a very convincing picture of the film business. Real life father and daughter Louis-Do and Alice de Lencquesaing play on screen father and daughter Gregoire and Clemence Canvel with Sylvia portrayed by Chiara Caselli. This very enjoyable film was the winner of the Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.