Type: melo-thriller
    Director: Sebastien Marnier. With Laure Calamy, Jacques Weber, Doria Tiller, Dominique Blanc, Naidra Ayadi, Clotilde Mollet, Suzanne Clément

    Laure Calamy with the “antagonists” in “A Family Vice” (photo by Laurent Champoussin).

    Presented in Venice in the Orizzonti Extra section, the film begins as a melodrama: worker in an anchovy canning factory, Stéphane finds the courage to contact the father he never knew and finally to join him on the island of Porquerolles, where he discovers that he is definitely very rich.

    Then, turn to the “viper knot” theme: the father, elderly and marked by the aftermath of a stroke, is kept in check by a vain and serial hoarder wife, a greedy daughter, a superficial niece and an ambiguous maid.

    But when it seems that Stéphane can put on the armor of the knight who has come to save his father, the director’s screenplay suddenly takes another direction. And then another one and another…

    Already with the previous one The last hourSébastien Marnier had accustomed us to shuffle the cards, to go from drama to comedy to thriller: here he proposes the same slips again with a mainly female cast, described without complacency but also without misogynycapable of finding for each of the interpreters (to which a “second” Stéphane will then be added) the reasons and justifications that can explain the behaviors.

    For those who want to be surprised by feminine behavior.