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Adapted from Doris Lessing's The Diary of a Good Neighbour, this 2000 French drama by Rene Foret charts the blossoming but difficult friendship between a middle-aged businesswoman weighed down by memories of an unhappy marriage (Marion Held) and a needy pensioner cocooned in loneliness (Dominique Marcas). Foret unfolds the relationship slowly and surely, showing how the women overcome their stubbornness and exasperation toward each other, and his use of their respective spaces—the old woman's cramped and decrepit apartment, and businesswoman's orderly but sterile home and office—is particularly noteworthy. In French with subtitles. 90 min.

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