Skip to main content

EVERYTHING’S FINE (WE’RE LEAVING)

France (MIFF 2000, Towering Over The Eiffel – New French Cinema)

Director: Claude Mouriéras

Sisters Laura, Beatrice and Claire reside in Lyon in an ambience of shared happiness. Each of them considers themselves vital to the well-being of the other two. Laure runs the household and the tango school left by their father; Beatrice is rich, generous and believes she is indispensable; Claire, the youngest, who is a talented pianist, gets on everyone's nerves, but is liked anyway. Their peace and contentment is shattered when their father returns after 15 years. Suddenly, it is every woman for herself. Claude Mourieras' new film, which premiered to great acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival this year, is a powerful story of three women and the lengths to which they must go to shrug off a lifetime of emotional baggage. Natacha Reginer (The Dreamlife of Angels), Sandrine Kiberlain (The Apartment) and Miou-Miou (The Eighth Day) are outstanding as the three sisters who must stick together in order to survive the impending disaster. French screen veteran Michel Piccoli shines as the father who is unaware of the power of his destructive love.

See also...

MONTALVO AND THE CHILD

IN HIS FIRST FEATURE-LENGTH FILM, director Claude Mourieras deliberately eschews two of the cardinal tendencies of contemporary mainstream filmmaking. He shot this lyrical film, based on the ... More »

SKIN OF MAN, HEART OF BEAST

Winner of the Best Film and Best Actor awards at the Locarno Film Festival, Skin of Man, Heart of Beast is a powerful drama set in provincial France. Hélène Angel's debut film delves into the heart ... More »

NOTHING TO DO

Marion Venroux's highly critically acclaimed new film is a love story with a difference. Nothing to Do recounts the story of Marie and Pierre, two people who work for the same company but are far ... More »

BAD COMPANY

"It is a film so unexpectedly shocking that it could turn into a dinner party talking point"—Screen International ... Closely resembling Lars Von Trier's Breaking the Waves thematically, Bad ... More »

WATER DROPS ON BURNING ROCKS

Based on a play by legendary German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Water Drops on Burning Rocks is a playful yet perverse study in sexual game playing. Structured around four tightly constructed ... More »

WHAT IS LIFE?

Nicholas, the son of peasant farmers, lives with his parents and grandparents on a farm. Their lives are in turmoil. Nicholas' father, Mare, has had to destroy his entire herd of cattle due to an ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director