All That You Possess (Tout ce que tu possèdes)HD
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About the Movie
Pierre Leduc is a man whose expectations have hit rock bottom. In is late 30s he teaches Eastern European literature in a Quebec University. He is roused by a call for help from his father, suffering from a terminal cancer. He wants to leave Pierre his fortune, amassed dishonestly in real estate. Pierre refuses the money, because he doesn't want any part of the ill-gotten gains. Soon after, a teenager knocks on Pierre's door: it is his daughter, Adèle, whose mother he had abandoned before the girl was born. Pierre denies being her father, but Adèle eventually convinces him. Soon, the reunion with his daughter revives Pierre's will to live. But the past will come back to haunt him.
One is the Loneliest Life
French Canadian milieu, so off-beat in many ways. But they do cinema well.
The story is cerebral and mood-filled. And it is about Life and deep feelings shaped by pains of growing up with defenses.
But, the story rings with truth, family truth that touches us. Pierre, a man in his mid-thirties, and we see him as a boy whose mother is such an addict that she is institutionalized. His father a corrupt entrepreneur who is now dying. A fortune awaiting his taking as inheritance. But his lonely life rejects all opportunities for happiness. Pierre chooses loneliness.
He lives in a capsule of tightly woven emotion, unable to connect with anyone in true relationship.
His life is academic, cerebral, with no élan.
And then along comes a daughter from his past.
Can that new heart divert him from a bleak path to self-destruction?
In the passionate poetry he translates lies a message. The poet who wrote it had rejected his own insight. Pierre stares into that same blackness.
This film is nicely scripted and excellently directed and moodily intriguing.
Many of us have tasted from this bitter side of life.
All That You Possess is a moral tale expertly told. Love and be loved.