Synopsis by Jonathan Crow
Following up on his acclaimed 1999 work Mauvaises frequentations, Jean-Pierre Ameris spins this sensitive, understated drama about mortality. Dimitri (Jacques Dutronc is a Russian-émigré who in spite of his hale appearance, is suffering from a terminal disease. He checks into a French style hospice where he learns to his great shock that the average life expectancy is just short of a month. Far from accepting his condition, he fights the hospice's rules and its staff, until, fed up, he escapes into the countryside. Along the road, he encounters Suzanne (Sandrine Bonnaire), an optimistic, unflappable woman who volunteers at the hospice and soon the sparks even though the romance is inevitably, tragically doomed. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.