The Last Days of Chez Nous (1991) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Last Days of Chez Nous (1991)



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Gillian Armstrong directed this quietly bittersweet and coldly ironic examination of the death throes of a crumbling marriage. Set in the lush summer light of Sydney, the film examines the dying marriage of Beth (Lisa Harrow), a middle-aged writer living with her French husband J.P. (Bruno Ganz) and her teenage daughter Annie (Miranda Otto). Beth and J.P. are maintaining their marriage through a delicate thread of disinterest and patronizing that is torn asunder with the arrival of Beth's younger sister Vicki (Kerry Fox). Along with the arrival of Vicki, Beth and J.P. take in a boarder, a clean-cut teen named Tim (Kiri Paramore). These two new additions to the family infuse the home with a new vitality, but that only holds the dissolution of the marriage in abeyance for a time. In an effort to make peace with her father (Bill Hunter), Beth takes him on a trip to the outback, where she believes she might be able to communicate with him. With Beth gone, J.P. and Vicki have an affair, and they abandon the family to start life on their own. Beth, now alone, feels a sense of liberation and purpose and begins to start her life anew. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for The Last Days of Chez Nous

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6)

This fluent, hopeful comedy (and it is a comedy, for all the encroachments of sadness) charts every shift in the emotional climate.

April 6, 2020 | Full Review…

It's a low-key affair, whose refusal to spell out its points too loudly is commendable but also a little unsatisfying -- too many details never quite come into focus.

November 12, 2017 | Full Review…

I like movies like this because I get to meet people whom it would be entertaining to know -- at a certain distance.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Scripted by Australian writer Helen Garner, Chez Nous purrs with fine-tuned emotional detail. Original writing, dead-on acting and arresting images combine to create a seamless intelligence.

October 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Shows how our most cherished relationships can wither and die from neglect, misunderstandings and a thousand little betrayals

July 12, 2003 | Full Review…

fairly interesting, if familiar, domestic drama

August 4, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for The Last Days of Chez Nous

Very odd film that is surprisingly effective. The Australians have been producing high quality works for the last couple of decades now.

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