In Mom's Head | Chicago Reader

In Mom's Head

Uncommonly wise about filial bonds, this offbeat charmer (2007) follows teenage tomboy Lucille (Chloe Coulloud) as she tries to free her mother (Karin Viard of Time Out) from a long depression. Lucille is angry about everything—her name, a boy she fights at school, even her birthday—but mostly she's frustrated by her mother's hypochondria and backyard trances (cleverly rendered by director Carine Tardieu as faux home movies). After discovering some keepsakes from the mother's happier bohemian days, Lucille decides to reunite mom with her former Romeo, who's grown almost as eccentric. To accent Lucille's naive fantasies, cinematographer Aurelien Devaux uses framing and low-key lighting to evoke an illustrated fairy tale. In French with subtitles. 95 min.

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