COMIC DRAMA; MA, 1hr 47min
STARRING: Louise Bourgoin, Pio Marmaï
First babies aren’t always the joyous bundles they’re popularly cracked up to be. Sure, every new life is a miracle and all that, but the physicality of pregnancy and the processing of a screamy little interloper can be a freaky voyage of discovery, which Barbara (Bourgoin) and Nicolas (Marmaï) recklessly undertake. She’s a PhD metaphysics student, he works in a video shop and dreams of a Tarantino-type film-making breakthrough. They’re madly in love, too, in a playful, prettily orchestrated French way, hence their “why the hell not?” decision to conceive.
The birth, which French director and co-writer Rémi Bezançon takes his sweet time with, is brutal and beautiful and baby Lea is an owlish love. Once home, however, she’s also a 24/7 wailer. Barbara is overwhelmed and her relationship with Nico starts to crumble. The film is based on Eliette Abécassis’s 2005 novel, and its wits’-end adjustment battles are uncompromisingly true to life. If you subscribe to the honesty as best policy theory, this warts-and-more-warts treatment could be the go. You’ll certainly walk away from it illusion-free.
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