Ogres | Chicago Reader


138 minutes 2016

A tight-knit theater troupe take their cabaret adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Bear across modern-day France in this affecting sophomore feature (2016) from writer-director Léa Fehner, based on her own experience growing up. Though some of the actors have small children in tow, Fehner is more interested in the adults' interpersonal and sexual conflicts: the 50-ish emcee (Marc Barbé) impregnates a young performer (Adèle Haenel), and a married couple (Marion Bouvarel and François Fehner, the filmmaker's parents) reconsider their relationship in light of the husband's infidelities. The movie is overlong and occasionally melodramatic but makes a fascinating study of family dynamics, whether inherited or assumed. In French with subtitles.

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