Director: Stéphanie Murat
Cast: Mathilde Seigner, JoeyStarr, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Shana Castera
Country: France, 2012
Duration: 83 minutes
Rating: M – offensive language & nudity
Mischievous six-year-old Maxine (a.k.a. Max, played by lovable newcomer Shana Castera) is sick and tired of seeing her widowed father Toni (Polisse’s JoeyStarr) alone and miserable. When things get too tough, she runs away from school and ends up meeting a beautiful street worker, Rose (The War of the Buttons’ Mathilde Seigner), at a bus stop. The unlikely pair strike up a conversation and young Max concocts a plan to invite Rose home for Christmas to take care of Toni.
Toni, who is too busy trying to make ends meet, does not want to have to think about Christmas, let alone welcome someone new into his house. In order to keep his daughter happy, Toni agrees on a “fee” to pay Rose to stay and keep an eye on Max in the days leading up to Christmas.
But Max refuses to let things stop there. It’s about time she had a female figure in her life…
Stéphanie Murat’s Max is an irresistible contemporary comedy that is full of life, spontaneity and tenderness. The exceptional cast – including French cinema great Jean-Pierre Marielle as Max’s grandfather figure, delivers a poignant view of working class France to the accompaniment of a superb musical score.