La Mère Christian (1998)

Genres - Comedy Drama, Drama  |   Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - France   |  
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Veteran film-theater-TV actress Myriam Boyer produced, scripted, and directed this French drama about a bitter bistro owner. In industrial Lyon of the early '50s, a widowed bar-owner (Boyer) listens to radio crime serials, reads detective magazines, and grieves for her daughter, killed two years earlier in a mineshaft accident. Consumed by her loss and unwilling to face the truth, the bar-owner becomes suspicious of the grim patrons in her drab tavern, seeking someone to blame as she contemplates revenge. Shown at the 1998 Venice Film Festival.