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Chicago Film Festival: CLAIRE DARLING

France Julie Bertuccelli, director

Phyllis Dreazen | 10/13/2018, 4:05 p.m.
Catherine Deneuve and her real life daughter, Chiara Mastroianni, play mother and daughter, Claire and Mary Darling. It is the ...

Catherine Deneuve and her real life daughter, Chiara Mastroianni, play mother and daughter, Claire and Mary Darling. It is the first day of summer, the day Claire decides will be the day she dies. But before she goes, she decides to dispose of all her belongings. And there are many.

Her wealth has enabled her to collect and hoard: museum quality paintings and furniture, Tiffany lamps, antique dolls and mechanical toys, clocks, music boxes, rugs, etc., etc. Each one connects to a memory of, or an event in her flamboyant, sometimes crazy, life; each one sells for the same unbelievable pittance; each sale liberates part of her soul. Or exemplifies mental decline. As word of Claire's latest craze spreads, Mary's childhood friend, Martine, convinces her to return the home she left 20 years earlier. Is it possible to go home again? to resume a relationship after decades? To watch the great Deneuve at work is always a gift; to watch her work with her daughter is, if possible, even better.