By Lisa Schwarzbaum
June 07, 1996 at 04:00 AM EDT

Ma Saison Preferee

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  • Movie

Andre Techine’s mature and pensive film, made in 1993 before his masterful Wild Reeds, feels so artlessly uncomposed, and the performances are so natural and nuanced, that you get lured into the pleasure of the production and the prettiness of the French landscape (shot in and around Toulouse) before you realize just how acute the filmmaker’s perceptions are. Catherine Deneuve (so womanly, so wise!) and the always fascinatingly understated Daniel Auteuil (a prizewinner at Cannes last month) play Emilie and Antoine, middle-aged sister and brother, who are forced to face the future, remember their past, and reexamine their present relationship with each other while making decisions about the care of their widowed mother (Marthe Villalonga), whose health is rapidly deteriorating. This is a film for people in the mood to pay attention; wander, and you may miss the subtleties with which Techine so thoughtfully captures the deep and complicated bonds of family. A-

Ma Saison Preferee

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