Directed by Louise Archambault
  • Canada / 
  • 2005 / 
  • French with English subtitles / 
  • 102 min
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"Familia is a refreshing and insightful look at the relationships of two sets of three generations of women that contemplates the question of whether or not women are genetically bound to be like their mothers."
– Ray Bennett, The Hollywood Reporter
"A rich tapestry of subplots and characters [with a] keen sense of humor."
– Derek Elley, Variety
"[A] superbly acted and engrossing film!"
– Marta Barber, The Miami Herald


Michele, a divorced aerobics instructor with a gambling addiction, loses her job and seeks refuge with a childhood friend, Janine, who lives in a seemingly comfortable middle-class suburban neighborhood. Michele's rebellious teenage daughter, Marguerite, and Janine's shy and reserved daughter, Gabrielle, become friends, leading to unforeseen tensions that force both generations to reassess their values. Familia explores the question of how value systems are passed on from mother to daughter and asks: Is it possible to avoid passing on to our children those traits that we despise in our parents?


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Macha Grenon, Sylvie Moreau, Mylène St-Sauveur, and Juliette Gosselin in Familia
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Sylvie Moreau and Mylène St-Sauveur in Familia
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Sylvie Moreau and Jacques L'Heureux in Familia
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Micheline Lanctot and Sylvie Moreau in Familia
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Macha Grenon in Familia
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