Who knows what Visconti (decadent bourgeoisie) or Bergman (family hatred) could have done with this material but what Zanussi achieves is already impressive. The script is clever, the cinematography and camera work elegant. Whoever you want to be, wherever you are, you simply don´t escape your family (and you can almost watch "Family life" as a horror film). It is where you´re from, who you are. Perverse melancholy.