My baby is a vibrant ode to family.
It would have been easy for My Baby to fall into the melodrama, into the tearful, but Lisa Azuelos, who previously gave us the LOL movie interested in a similar subject, skilfully navigate the heart of this touching theme of the mother-daughter relationship. Her feature film depicts the story of a mother who has to say goodbye to her youngest child, who will soon be leaving for Canada to continue her studies. This departure from the last child’s house will cause an existential crisis in the protective mother.
Sandrine Kiberlain interprets a touching mother, full of flaws, but loving and caring.We like the portrait of the divorced mother that Azuelos was able to paint and that the actress plays with a disconcerting nature.Being a mother and a woman at the same time is not an easy task and the filmmaker, in competition with the actress, was able to demonstrate this fact with great sensitivity.Many parents will recognize themselves through these poignant scenes of daily life.Thaïs Alessandrin (the real daughter of the director), who personifies the young Jade, also stands out in a vibrant cast. Alessandrin and Kiberlain are convincing in their role; we don’t need a lot of flaflafla to make us believe their filiation.
The texts of Azuelos are also very funny.Spicy, colorful and cheerful, this mother-daughter duo makes us smile several times.You can’t say the scenario has a big turnaround and it’s full of surprises, but it certainly has a unique sparkling tone that is hard to resist. The sharp replicas of the two protagonists, mainly those of the mother, contribute to the comic effectiveness of the whole. To see her emerge from a bad step, with a policeman and then with the principal of her daughter’s school, is enough to trigger the hilarity of an audience already conquered.
My baby is a vibrant ode to family. It’s not a great film, but it’s certainly a beautiful film, emotionally intelligent and exciting, that has the power to brighten up any rainy day of the summer.