Ismail Merchant, the producing half of the Merchant-Ivory team, turns director, working with a script by Jean-Marie Besset and George Trow, in a 1996 feature about a French expatriate novelist (Jeanne Moreau) living in New York and preoccupied with memories of her Jewish mother (Charlotte de Turckheim), whom she lost during the German occupation of Paris, who returns to Paris to make various kinds of truces with her past. With Nell Carter, Christopher Cazenove, Sam Waterston, Sean Young, Marc Tissot, Josh Hamilton, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Austin Pendleton, and Pierre Vaneck.