It’s a fine day for a picnic, and yet Marie-Jo is there, pressing a knife blade into her wrist. She’s deeply in love with her husband Daniel, likewise with Marco, her lover. When Marie-Jo leaves Daniel to spend some time with Marco, Daniel waits for her quietly at home, suffering so much that he can hardly breathe. Marco realizes that Marie-Jo will never leave her husband to live with him. All three know there’s no way out. Two love affairs that can lead nowhere, and yet, what else is there to do but just keep holding on? The knife blade against her wrist is no solution. Life must go on. Seasons come and go, Daniel builds houses, Marco surveys the sea…And just like the sun rises and sets every day, Marie-Jo has two loves…
A bitter-sweet romance by award-winning Robert Guédiguian (Journey to Armenia).
Robert Jules Guédiguian (born 3 December 1953 in Marseille) is a French film director, actor, screenwriter and producer. Most of his films star Ariane Ascaride and Jean-Pierre Darroussin.
Guédiguian is the son of a German mother and an Armenian father. He evokes his paternal roots in his 2006 film Le Voyage en Armenie. He has a working class background – his father a worker on the Marseille docks. He early became concerned with political questions and for a while was involved with the French Communist Party. In 2008 he joined the Left Party.
Like Marcel Pagnol and René Allio before him, he anchors his films in social reality, flirting with militancy. His films are strongly marked by the local and regional environment of the city of Marseille, and in particular L’Estaque, (north-west Marseille), for example in Marius et Jeannette. His latest film The Snows of Kilimanjaro premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. —Wikipedia