Ma Cherie (1980)

Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Belgium, France  |  
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Both subtle and obvious fluctuations in a mother-daughter relationship are explored in this sensitive, insightful drama by Charlotte Dubreuil. Divorcee Jeanne (Marie-Christine Barrault) lives alone with her sixteen-year-old daughter Sarah (Beatrice Bruno) and the two of them have developed a very close, perhaps even too close, relationship. Jeanne still sees her ex-husband once in awhile, has a boyfriend, and at times may have a casual and intimate relationship with someone other than her boyfriend. Jeanne takes Sarah to a doctor to see about birth control and tries to acknowledge her continuing transformation into adulthood. But her daughter's growth and need for independence as well as Jeanne's own life issues make staying centered a challenge.