PG. Dir: Filippo Meneghetti, France, 2020, 95 min. Barbara Sukowa, Martine Chevallier, Léa Drucker
In French with English subtitles.
Winner, Best Actress, Dublin International Film Festival, 2020 Oscar Selection for France.
“Young lovers move over – Nina and Mado bring to life an unforgettable couple whose sexual flame still burns brightly and whose mutual devotion is quietly thrilling… The only glitch in their on-going idyll is that Mado has never gotten around to telling her grown son and daughter that she’s madly in love with a woman; an omission that’s putting the brakes on the couple’s dream of selling Mado’s apartment and moving to Rome together… So far as anybody knows, Nina is merely the nice foreign retired lady whose apartment is directly across the landing from respectable widow and doting grandma Mado… Who would suspect that they slide across that landing to snuggle…? Nina, of course has a key and starts playing with fire once a live-in carer is assigned to Mado. There’s plenty of suspense and chutzpah as Nina endeavors to be with her beloved. The result is an exquisite portrait of longing… They know how lucky they are to have found each other… A gut-wrenching love story with humorous touches, melded with an unlikely thriller. Beautifully crafted and perfectly cast… Nina and Mado’s loving intimacy is as exquisite as is the care with which the proceedings are lit…” – Lisa Nesselson, Screen Daily