An assured, emotionally rich film about the lies a family tells to keep their patriarch happy. After sixty years of marriage, Antoine and Vivi have lost their most beloved daughter; but no one has dared to tell the bedridden nonagenarian Antoine, lest his heart crack. A simple solution, though everyone else in this densely interconnected family has then to live the same lie, giving no expression to their grief. A heavy, lyrical portrait brightened by the warming rays of loved ones’ smiles.
Dir. Cyril Aris - 74min - 2018 - Lebanon - Language: Arabic, French, Italian - Subtitles: English
"an intimate, intensely moving study...There’s a hint of Chantal Akerman to its clear, steady perspective." - The Observer
"Intimate and moving...This is the kind of intimate portrait that captivates purely on the basis of what it reveals about the pain and the complexity of the human experience...A meditation on truth, love and lies in the face of illness and death” The Hollywood Reporter