Magnificent drama by Filippo Meneghetti, “Deux” asks the question whether love can survive anything.
Unofficially, they have been in love for years. Both now retired, they plan to sell their apartments to go live their love in complete freedom in Italy. Because if Nina, of German origin, has no problem with her sexual orientation, it is quite different for Madeleine. Mother of two grown children, a grandmother, she has never admitted being in a relationship with Nina.
But there. One day, Madeleine suffers from a stroke which leaves her unable to speak and move. Immediately, Anne (Léa Drucker), her daughter, takes matters into her own hands. Nina finds herself excluded, not only from medical decisions, but also from the life of the woman she loves. When Anne hires Muriel (Muriel Benazeraf), a nurse, to watch over Madeleine, Nina manages to grab a few moments of intimacy. Little by little, Nina’s insistence, her too frequent presence and a few other gestures make Muriel, then Anne, suspicious. The latter ends up understanding and, with anger, places Madeleine in a specialized house.
The screenplay by Filippo Meneghetti, Malysone Bovorasmy and Florence Vignon, seemingly simple, is impressively complex. From an innocuous premise – not daring to come out of the closet to your children -, “Deux” tackles rare subjects in cinema. The end of life, illness, the will of a patient and that, contradictory, of her family are treated here with a poetry that moves lastingly.
In addition, another rarity, it feels good to see a lesbian couple in their seventies! To have.
Rating: 4 out of 5
“Deux” (original French version with English subtitles) is available via illico, Apple TV and other digital platforms.