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Madeleine Collins

Country: France, Belgium, Switzerland, Language: French, 102 mins

  • Director: Antoine Barraud
  • Writer: Antoine Barraud, Antoine Barraud, Héléna Klotz
  • Producer: Joëlle Bertossa, Anne-Laure Declerck, Thibault Gillis, Christophe Hollebeke, Philippe Logie, Jean-Yves Roubin, Justin Taurand, Cassandre Warnauts, Flavia Zanon

CGiii Comment

It's one of those...if the penny drops too soon...then, it's over. Thankfully, for me, the penny dropped at the right time!

Fear not, there are no spoilers contained herein. Judith leads a double lie, two families, different countries. She's copes surprisingly well, juggling all her expected duties with an admirable composure. There's no judgment...Virginie Efira's elegance alone sees to that. You just cannot not dislike this character! In fact, admiration [for her] starts to creep in.

Her eldest son is gay, no big deal - he's banned from his boyfriend's car because he [the boyfriend] drives like a maniac - it's a sweet, understated scene - in fact, sweet domesticity seems to be the norm in both homes. This lady loves both men and all her kids...and, it's totally believable. Obviously, this idyll can't last forever...when it starts to unravel, it unravels in ways you won't expect. 

Antoine Barraud really is in control, carefully dropping hints, drip-by-drip...until it lands...and, what a landing it is! To say anymore really would spoil it.

A mightily clever film that will leave you breathless!


The(ir) Blurb...

Judith leads a double life: two lovers, two sons in France and one daughter in Switzerland. Entangled in secrets and lies, her lives begin to shatter.

Cast & Characters

Virginie Efira (as Judith Fauvet)
Quim Gutiérrez (as Abdel Soriano)
Bruno Salomone (as Melvil Fauvet)
Jacqueline Bisset (as Patty)
François Rostain (as Francis)
Loïse Benguerel (as Ninon Soriano)
Thomas Gioria (as Joris Fauvet)
Valérie Donzelli (as Madeleine Reynal)
Nadav Lapid (as Kurt)
Nathalie Boutefeu (as Christine)
Mona Walravens (as Margot)
Anne Lepla (as Christiane, la 1re vendeuse)
Assouma Sow (as Corinne, la 2e vendeuse)
Lorette Dugardin (as La 3e vendeuse)
Sofiane Felouki (as Vigile grand magasin)
Solène Delannoy (as Cliente magasin)
Hélène Blanchard (as Passagère train)
Pierre Vancoppenolle (as Homme parking)
Loris Camacho (as Musicien couloir)
Théodoline Schab (as Musicienne couloir)
Frank Onana (as Pol le barman)
Jean-Louis Bertsch (as Homme opéra)
Marta Hoskins (as Pam, employée Collins)
Georges Zhang (as Homme d'affaires asiatique)
Marie Caries (as Hélène)