Director André Téchinké is apparently a well known filmmaker with several similarly themed movies under his belt and his latest, In the Name of My Daughter isn’t very strong though the acting is not bad and there are some nice moments sprinkled throughout that might make it worth a watch.
In the Name of My Daughter
Genre(s): Drama, Mystery
Cohen Media Group | R – 116 min. – $34.98 | September 22, 2015
1976. When her marriage falls apart, Agnès Le Roux (ADÈLE HAENEL) moves back to the South of France from Africa to live with her mother, Renée (CATHERINE DENEUVE), owner of the Palais de la Mediterranée casino in Nice. There Agnès falls in love with Maurice Agnelet (GUILLAUME CANET), a lawyer and Renée’s business advisor, who is ten years her senior. Maurice continues to have relationships with other women. Agnès is madly in love with him. As a shareholder in the Palais de la Mediterranée casino, Agnès decides to sell what should have been her inheritance to go it alone.
A fixed card game threatens the casino’s financial stability. Someone is trying to intimidate her mother. Behind the scenes hangs the shadow of the mafia and Fratoni, the owner of a rival casino, who wants to take over the Palais de la Mediterranée. Agnelet, who has fall from grace with Renée, introduces Agnès to Fratoni. Fratoni offers her 3 million francs to vote against her mother in the shareholder’s meeting. Agnès accepts the offer. Renée loses control of the casino. Agnès finds it hard to cope with her betrayal and Maurice distances himself from her.
In November 1977, after a failed suicide attempt, Agnès disappears and her body is never found. Thirty years later, Maurice Agnelet remains a prime suspect in a murder case with no body and no proof of his guilt. Convinced of his involvement, Renée is prepared to fight to the bitter end to see him put behind bars.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.5/5
The features are a bit light with an extensive Q&A (52:35; HD) with Guillaume Canet and the Trailer (2:08; HD).
VIDEO – 4.0/5
In the Name of My Daughter (L’homme qu’on aimait trop) arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Cohen Media Group presented with a 2.35 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. The picture itself is fairly vibrant with a good array of colors while detail levels are decent enough though not overly sharp or well defined in some shots. Still, it’s a fine transfer.
AUDIO – 4.0/5
The French language DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track isn’t overly impressive but considering the bulk of the film is comprised of moodily quiet scenes filled with dialogue, it’s more than adequate all things considered. When the score pops up it does give the other channels a modest workout however nothing terribly noteworthy.
OVERALL – 2.5/5
Overall, director André Téchinké is apparently a well known filmmaker with several similarly themed movies under his belt and his latest, In the Name of My Daughter isn’t very strong though the acting is not bad and there are some nice moments sprinkled throughout that might make it worth a watch. The Blu-ray release has little to offer however the video and audio transfers were decent enough.
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