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69 Ratings

In the Name of My Daughter

L'homme qu'on aimait trop

Directed by André Téchiné
France, 2014


Nice, 1976. Following the failure of her marriage, Agnès Le Roux returns from Africa to her mother Renée, owner of the Casino Le Palais de la Méditerranée. The young lady falls in love with Renée’s confident, Maurice Agnelet, a handsome lawyer 10 years elder.

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In the Name of My Daughter Directed by André Téchiné

Awards & Festivals

Lumiere Awards

2015 | 2 nominations including: Best Actress

[Agnés is] driven by a swirl of emotions: sexual curiosity, hunger for self-destruction, and resentment of her controlling mother. Haenel conveys [Agnés’] mix of self-confidence and acute vulnerability, and Canet underplays the role of Agnelet so that one concentrates not on his charm but on the feelings he arouses in others. What transpires between Agnés, Agnelet, and the mother is too complicated to be described as a triangle—in this densely realized drama, it seems more like a gordian knot.
July 23, 2015
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Most of the film, which stars the queen of French cinema, Catherine Deneuve, is pretty good, and shows its director, the veteran André Téchiné, in fine form. You leave the theater with only two strong impressions: one, its last twenty minutes fell apart badly and could easily have been cut from the work. And two, that the very strange scene in the middle (it involves a young white women performing an African dance to a white man she is attracted to) needs some explanation.
June 07, 2015
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In an era in which art-house directors from Paris to Seoul have embraced extremities of form and content, Téchiné’s smooth, proficient ensemble dramas seem to reek suspiciously of respectability. This is definitely the case with In The Name Of My Daughter… Téchiné is underplaying his tale of manipulation and betrayal to indicate the ways that gentility and prosperity so often gild the lily of human cruelty.
May 14, 2015
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