Muetter (2006)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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French director Dominique Lienhard's gentle, understated chamber drama Muetter observes with great intimacy and delicacy several characters' varied reactions to the impending death of a loved one. Stanislas Merhard portrays Stephane, a young urbanite. Though he originally hails from a rural environment, he much prefers his current metropolitan surroundings to the thought of returning to his family home. Fate comes knocking, however, when Stephane receives the news of his grandmother, Muetter's, impending death - and travels out to the country to be with her at her bedside. Once there, he encounters a sweet, pretty young lady named Marguerite (Sophie Quinton), who is expecting a child but devotes the majority of her time to caring altruistically for Muetter. Upon discovering that the elderly woman's doctor has simply prescribed and administered morphine for her, Stephane is visibly upset, and devotes himself to doing as much as he can - everything from preparing a feast in celebration of Muetter to summoning another physician. Meanwhile, Stephane's cousin, Mathieu (Aurelian Recoing) arrives and struggles with various feelings about Stephane's presence. Lienhard authored the original script; the film co-stars Andree Meyer-Benjamin and Agathe de la Boulaye.



country-home, deathbed, grandmother, cousin, pregnancy