In the Name of my Daughter

In the films of French writer-director André Téchiné (My Favorite Season, Wild Reeds), human nature is a source of endless mystery. His characters change their lives in ways that surprise even them and, because his stories typically take place over months or years, often go through multiple changes, ending up as different people. Téchiné’s view of people as inherently volatile extends to his depiction of sexuality; his characters often have sex—and sometimes fall in love—unexpectedly, acting on impulses they can’t explain. In a Téchiné film, being alive seems exhilarating and a little scary; one senses that anything, good or bad, could happen at any time. Continue reading >&gt