Synopsis by Mark Deming
Love becomes a family affair during a trip abroad in this sunny comedy from France. Albert (Jean-Pierre Darroussin) is a bright but socially inept librarian who has partial custody of his teenage daughter, Jeanne (Anais Demoustier), whose mother divorced him years ago. Each summer, Albert takes Jeanne on a vacation with him to a different country; while the trips are intended to be her birthday present, it's clear to everyone but Albert that she'd just as soon not be bothered. As Jeanne is about to turn 17, Albert packs her off to join him in a voyage to Sweden, where he hopes to find valuable Viking artifacts with his metal detector, while she would prefer to have fun on her own. Albert and Jeanne end up sharing a vacation house with two women, Annika (Lia Boysen) and Christine (Judith Henry), and while Albert seems a bit intimidated by his new roommates, Jeanne is impressed with their spirited attitude and quickly bonds with them. As Albert pays a visit to a doctor following a minor accident, Jeanne meets a local boy named Johan (Bjorn Gustaffson) and finds herself falling head over heels for him; meanwhile, Christine becomes increasingly attracted to Albert, and Annika is also called on by Cupid when she unexpectedly crosses paths with a former boyfriend. Les Grandes Personnes (aka Grown Ups) was the first feature film from director Anna Novion.
daughter, ex-wife, library, vacation