Two women, a Jewish refugee (Isabelle Huppert) and a budding artist (Miou-Miou), meet in the aftermath of World War II and gradually form a deep bond that excludes their husbands and children. The third film of talented French director Diane Kurys (Peppermint Soda), this 1984 French feature is told with such assurance, precision, and balance that the title at the end—which identifies the story as her personal family history—comes as a total shock: every element of personal involvement has been completely repressed. The film is neither an anguished confessional nor a feminist tract: rather than adopt a moralizing perspective on the action, Kurys contents herself with presenting it as cleanly and elegantly as possible, achieving an effective ambiguity through the force of detached professionalism. With Guy Marchand and Jean-Pierre Bacri. In French with subtitles. 108 min.