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An Impossible Love (15)

10 February

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


Based on a book by controversial French novelist Christine Angot – Claire Denis’ co-writer on Let the Sunshine In – Catherine Corsini’s film is a profound melodrama exploring dysfunctional family relationships.

The film begins in the 1950s, as office worker Rachel (Virginie Efira) falls for the dashing Philippe (Niels Schneider), a Nietzsche-reading sophisticate. They embark on a passionate relationship but he continually refuses to marry her. When Rachel gives birth to their daughter, Chantal, he does not allow his daughter to bear his family name, and Rachel is left to raise their daughter alone.

Over the years that follow, Phillippe plays it fast and loose with emotions and expectations. When Chantal is a teenager, he agrees to meet again – soon the darker and manipulative side of Philippe’s nature emerges, when Chantal begins to grow close to the father she never knew. 

  • Director Catherine Corsini
  • Cast Virginie Efira, Niels Schneider, Estelle Lescure
  • Running time 2h15m
  • Certificate 15
  • Country France
  • Language French with English subtitles
  • Year of production 2018
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