Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

When a Dead Dad Came to Stay

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

When a Dead Dad Came to Stay

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Byline: ALEXANDER WALKER

THE WAY I KILLED MY FATHER .

(Comment j'ai tuE mon pEre) Cert 15, 98 mins

SEND for Freud, not the police. Charles Berling, usually cast as a Protestant or some other cold fish in French cinema, here plays a Versailles gerontologist (which is much the same thing).

Opening a letter at the start, he's informed his father died a month ago in Africa. That night an unghostly father (Michel Bouquet) strolls into his son's smart party at the chteau, apologetically announcing he's been expelled from his African ex-colony, and settles into the attic.

Clearly, living and dead are cohabiting. In this limbo, between reality and what we must assume is the doc's psychic fears come literally home to roost, director Anne Fontaine sets her film: one so remote from the intervention of everyday life that I suspect some private agenda (parental delinquencyis being worked out.

Significantly, no mother-figure appears or is alluded to. …

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