World Cinema Now
Friday, January 03, 1:00 PM
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Belgium, 2013, 81 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: France/Germany
Topics: Road Movie, Romance, Woman Director
Language: French English Sub-Titles
A film of small moments and grand themes, this delicate, richly nuanced road movie brings together a long-divorced Belgian couple as they put their differences aside to help their only child, who is in hospital in France following an accident. Fifty somethings Frans ("Dardenne" regular Olivier Gourmet) and Lisa (Marilyne Canto, "The Snows of Kilimanjaro") immediately drop everything when they hear the news that their ski instructor son has fractured his leg while on the slopes with his new girlfriend.
True to its title, "Tenderness" isn’t a tale of immense conflict or overblown drama, but rather a compassionate, warm hearted and often funny depiction of love and affection. It’s a simple but profound story about the good that can happen when people care about each other, and the joy of time well-spent in the company of family, even those that have been separated by time, distance and difference.
“A work of rich emotion and light drama...Believable characters caring for one another, beautifully communicated onscreen.”
- Jay Weissberg, Variety
DIRECTOR: Marion Hänsel
Producer: Cedomir Kolar, Ernst Szebedits, Marc Baschet
Editor: Michèle Hubinon
Screenwriter: Marion Hänsel
Cinematographer: Jan Vancaillie
Music: René-Marc Bini
Principal Cast: Marilyne Canto, Olivier Gourmet, Adrien Jolivet, Sergi Lopez, Margaux Chatelier, Romain David
Filmography: Black Ocean (2010)
Sounds of Sand (2006)
Clouds: Letters to My Son (Doc, 2001)
The Quarry (1998)
Between Heaven and Earth (1992)
Print Source: Man’s Films Productions