Fleeting joys within the chic ‘One High-quality Morning’

Like most issues, the title of Mia Hansen-Løve’s “One Fine Morning” sounds higher in French.

“Un Beau Matin” would not have that very same rom-commy ring. Nevertheless it’s type of good to think about a moviegoer, anticipating a Hallmark film, strolling as an alternative into Hansen-Løve’s sublimely melancholic drama concerning the ineffable impermanence of life.

For anybody, although, there is a wistful, heat feeling when wandering right into a Hansen-Løve movie. Hers are delicate dramas keenly tuned to the rhythm of day by day life, and “One High-quality Morning” is her most radiant movie but.

Sandra (Léa Seydoux) is a Parisian single mom with a younger daughter, Linn (Camille Leban Martins), and a father, Georg (tenderly performed by Pascal Greggory), whose reminiscence goes as a consequence of Benson’s syndrome. As Sandra and her mom (Nicole Garcia), lengthy divorced from Georg, make preparations for him to enter a nursing residence, a dormant a part of Sandra’s life (Linn’s father died 5 years earlier) is rekindled by an surprising romance with an outdated buddy, Clément (Melvil Poupaud).

Although “One High-quality Morning” sways between youth and outdated age, sensuality and incapacity, it isn’t a neat dichotomy. Hansen-Løve’s movie, which first moved moviegoers at last year’s Cannes Film Festival and which arrives in theaters Friday, is extra gracefully involved with the fidelity of loss. Family members come and go, painfully; each the more and more disoriented Georg and Clément, unhappily married however not separated, are there one second and gone the subsequent. Within the movie’s first scene, Georg fumbles with the lock to his entrance door, whereas Sandra waits on the opposite facet, making an attempt to information him.

Hansen-Løve, who additionally wrote the script, is a dedicated naturalist whose tales construct with the regular accumulation of quotidian element and shift with the surprising undulations of relationships. As in the most effective of her movies however extra so, “One High-quality Morning” gathers a shifting poignancy with out you ever realizing it. One second, you would possibly really feel as if the narrative focus is drifting or sliding into repetition; the subsequent, you possibly can hardly think about a extra cohesive and affecting encapsulation of bittersweet human truths.

A lot of that’s owed to the tender efficiency by a never-better Seydoux. For an actress able to such glamour, it is a powerfully unadorned efficiency, crammed with pleasure and disappointment, usually on the identical time. Scenes of “One High-quality Morning” toggle between hospital wards and Sandra’s residence. Seydoux performs the head-spinning back-and-forth between love affair and aged care with calm composure and occasional eruptions of emotion.

Phrases, we sense, are fading. One of many duties of Sandra and her mom is to type by way of the intensive library of her father, a former philosophy professor. The heaps of books are a type of bodily manifestation of what Georg — described earlier than his downturn as obsessive about readability and rigor — is shedding and abandoning. Sandra, herself a translator, grows more and more conscious that the identical destiny, inevitably is hers. But when to like is to lose, it is a cut price value making — for a “beau matin” and extra. On this achingly luminous drama drawn from the acquainted stuff of day by day life, it is a nurse who places it most succinctly: “Benefit from being collectively.”

“One High-quality Morning,” a Sony Footage Classics launch, is rated R by the Movement Image Affiliation of America for some sexuality, nudity and language. In French with subtitles. Working time: 112 minutes. Three and a half stars out of 4.


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