Denise Lanctot
December 19, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

Director André Téchiné (Thieves) charts deep familial waters with My Favorite Season, a poignant, unsentimental saga about an estranged brother (Daniel Auteuil) and sister (Catherine Deneuve) whose lives collide with wrenching force when their aging mother’s health fails. Divvying up responsibility for her care rekindles sibling resentments and memories of a magical childhood bond that can’t be replicated, as the brother hopes, when his newly separated sister comes to stay. With skillfully mature, moving performances by Deneuve and Auteuil, this portrait of childhood love and adult loss hits home with cathartic intensity. A

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