Louis Malle and Jean-Claude Carriere's entry in the tried and true Country Mansion genre, with the always welcome Michel Piccoli overseeing the gathering of his extended family for his mother's funeral. Funny and moving, with a bit of politics (sexual and otherwise), and Bunuelian surrealism (courtesy of Carriere, a Bunuel collaborator), with a wonderfully eccentric and gifted cast.
As far as this entry into the french-bourgeois-mourn-the-passing-of-the-old-times-represented-by-an-elder-of-the-clan genre goes this one takes some wild turns. But it's all back to status quo at the end.
Michel Piccoli est souvent éblouissant de simplicité et de décontraction et Miou-Miou, éclatante de mièvrerie et de méchanceté confuses. Dommage que la dernière demi-heure fait perdre au film son rythme et sa pétulance... www.cinefiches.com
A pleasant satire by Malle on the May 1968 events in France. Showing revulsion, embrace and eventually ridiculous fear of a new terror through a bourgeoisie family far away from the actual events. Not Malle at his best, but still a fine film that offers an interesting insight into the 1968 events.