In the Name of My Daughter
Time Out says
French filmmaker André Téchiné’s latest is a very watchable drama based on real events in the 1970s, including the still-unexplained disappearance of Agnès Le Roux, the daughter of a Nice, France, casino owner. Don’t go for the suspense (there is none) but, rather, a teasing and rewarding ambiguity vis-à-vis the motives of three highly driven characters.
In fending off her business rivals, Renée Le Roux (Catherine Deneuve) greatly values the insightful advice of attorney Maurice (Guillaume Canet), while her daughter, Agnès (Adèle Haenel), recently divorced, finds him appealing for other reasons. Cut to 30 years later, and Renée is insisting to the police that her onetime right-hand man be extradited from Panama for Agnès’s murder.
Meticulously charting how those relationships shifted from friendship and love to suspicion, hostility and betrayal, Téchiné displays a cool, clear-eyed intelligence, though not the wit of the late Claude Chabrol, who would have killed with this script. The performances are solid, even if the age difference between the two female leads may strike some as a little disconcerting.
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