André (André Dussollier) has never been the easiest of fathers. But when he suffers a debilitating stroke and calls on his daughter Emmanuèle (Sophie Marceau) to help him pass on with some dignity, she finds herself faced with a painful decision. When Emmanuèle’s husband asks why André would make such a request from his daughter, her response is clear: ‘That’s why, because I’m his daughter.’
Everything Went Fine is a detailed portrait of family relationships and the lengths one goes through to grant a father's complicated last wish. Steering clear of moral arguments such issues raise, Everything Went Fine focuses instead on Emmanuèle’s complex relationship with her unrelentingly stubborn yet utterly charming father, and how she comes to terms with his decision.
Acknowledging the emotional toil such a process involves, the film’s matter-of-factness elicits moments of humor that not only emphasize the characters’ humanity but make a weighty topic accessible.
Featuring stunning performances by Marceau and Dussollier, as well as a scene-stealing cameo by Charlotte Rampling as André’s ex-wife, Everything Went Fine finds veteran director François Ozon tackling a complex subject with intelligence and sensitivity.
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