Brother and Sister

Director: Arnaud Desplechin
Year Released: 2022
Rating: 1.5

Having been away from each other for twenty years, actress Alice (Marion Cotillard) and her brother Louis (Melvil Poupaud), who's a writer, are forced to "reunite" when their parents were severely harmed in an accident (they were trying to help a young woman who was injured in a car crash), but she's particularly disgusted by seeing him.  Desplechin's done this whole family dysfunction thing in the past with success (A Christmas Tale, to me, is one of the best movies of the Aughts) but the drama here stalls out around the halfway mark, with him leaning on Cotillard to have a breakdown (and swallow a handful of K-pins) ... and there are simply too many flashbacks that drag it down.  The way the two of them plan to "continue healing" is questionable: Louis goes back to teaching (which I'd never recommend), while Alice leaves the stage to work in Benin.  This reportedly received a five minute standing ovation at Cannes, and I'd like to believe it was because the audience was happy it was over.