March 26 – April 5, 2020

Synopsis

Claire Darling (Catherine Deneuve), living alone in the French village of Verderonne, north of Paris, and suffering from dementia, believes the first day of summer will be the last day she lives and decides spontaneously to sell all her belongings.  She has them spread out on the lawn as a horde of curious bystanders and neighbors fights over the ridiculously underpriced antiques.  Her estranged daughter Marie (Chiara Mastroianni, Deneuve’s real-life daughter with Marcello Mastroianni), whom she has not seen in years, returns home to try and stop the sale when her childhood friend alerts her to what’s happening.  The reunion is difficult and through flashbacks from both mother and daughter, we learn the story of Claire’s tragic and flamboyant life.   Directed by Julie Bertuccelli, whose feature The Tree was a RiverRun selection in 2011, this dramatic comedy is an adaptation of author Lynda Rutledge’s novel.

Sponsored by Sfeer + Co.

 

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