Despite the great pairing of Catherine Deneuve, Daniel Auteuil, and Marthe Villalonga, the film falls short in terms of plot. It has a very quiet pace for what's supposed to be a taboo subject.
Deneuve is elegant and understated, delivering a poignant performance. Auteil and Villalonga are both fabulous, but the story is slow, even for me.
The film is the first on-screen appearance of Deneuve's real-life daughter, Chiara Mastrioanni (and the daughter of Marcello Mastrioanni), with her mother.
Overall, the film does show its age. Perhaps if I'd watched it during its premiere in the mid 1990s, I'd have felt differently. Unfortunately, we have different expectations of films these days, even French ones, and this one didn't stand the test of time for me.
But for fans of André Téchiné (director) and the talented actors, it's a must-see.