Maxime works overtime to save his ambulance company, at the risk of alienating his wife and children. When he learns that his mother has been arrested, he gets her out of prison. Only to be reprimanded. Olga, his mother, can be difficult, to say the least, and he discovers that she has once again had an argument with his father. Maxime decides to accompany her back home. It will be a chance to spend a weekend far away from his responsibilities and worries. His parents, both in their sixties, have been together forty years, loving each other as much as they fight with one another. This joyful interlude in his hectic life will be an opportunity for the son to find his roots once again. Life may well be ephemeral and unfair, but it can also a series of happy and fun moments.
And even more so, with his parents having an unexpected guest. . .
Cast & Crew
Director : Eric Besnard
Screenplay : Eric Besnard
Starring : Josiane Balasko, Gérard Jugnot, Clovis Cornillac, Pierre Richard, Magaly Berdy
Schedule & Presentation
Presentation by and discussion with actress Josiane Balasko
Saturday, March 23 – 4:45 p.m at the Byrd Theater ~ 1h27 ~ General Audience
Choose a picture to see the filmography (source : IMDB)
What aspects of the film enticed you to play the role of Maxime’s mother, Olga?
I was touched by the love story of this couple who fights constantly but adore each other. I liked that their relationship was viewed through the eyes of the son. I was also curious about the idea of playing a character directly inspired by director Eric Besnard’s own mother. The themes in the story are explored in a very human perspective, in a way that resonates with me. Even if I have never gone as far as the character, I have also actively contributed to efforts allowing un-documented immigrant children as well as adults to remain in France. The idea of playing alongside Gérard Jugnot and Clovis Cornillac was, of course, a plus.
How would you define Olga? Nothing seems to be able to stop her. . .
Nothing and no one! She never tells her husband what she plans to do. Without doubt, she knows deep down he would approve of it. She is going to hide an un-documented immigrant child and get her own grown son and husband involved in the adventure. She is motivated and driven by conviction and affection. It is difficult to dissuade her. Her integrity and determination are unwavering, but they can also lead her to go too far.