The breakout French hit of the 2017 Cannes International Film Festival, writer/director Carine Tardieu’s charming romantic comedy JUST TO BE SURE is a winning tale of parenthood, love and family, both lost and found.

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Director: Carine Tardieu
Cast: François Damiens, Cécile de France, Guy Marchand, Andre Wilms, Alice de Lencquesaing
Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: France

MCoarse language


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Just To Be Sure

★★★★
“Rich in comedy and human emotion. This one is for the grown-ups. A movie about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. Tardieu builds her story with infinite but invisible care.”
Paul Byrnes, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

“A thoroughly enjoyable experience for holiday viewing. Filled with amusing details and throwing up serious questions along the way, the principle one being the role of the father. De France, as always, lights up the screen
whenever she appears.”

David Stratton, THE AUSTRALIAN

★★★★★
“The comedy favourite of Cannes. Invigorating and intelligent.”
Pierre Vavasseur, LE PARISIEN

“Light-hearted, sharp and funny, the kind of French comedy that doesn’t come around so often nowadays. A charming tale of multiple quid pro quo.“
Jordan Mintzer, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

★★★★
“Beautiful, touching and hilarious. This film will move you.”
Ophelia Daguin, ELLE MAGAZINE

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The breakout French hit of the 2017 Cannes International Film Festival, where it premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight to multiple, raucous standing ovations, writer/director Carine Tardieu’s charming romantic comedy JUST TO BE SURE is a winning tale of parenthood, love and family, both lost and found.

When lonely 45-year-old widower Erwan (the remarkable François Damiens, The Bélier Family) discovers by accident that that man who raised him isn’t his real father, he begins a search for his biological one. Thanks to a local private detective he soon locates the mischievous, 70-something Joseph (Le Havre’s Andre Wilms), whom it seems his mother may have known briefly. Erwan soon falls not only for his charm, but that of the impetuous Anna (a radiant Cécile de France), who has ties to them both. But the conflicting loyalties become compounded by the pregnancy of his own daughter (Alice de Lencquesaing), who defiantly refuses to name the father… very soon Erwan’s families begin to collide, to unexpected, hilarious and moving effect.

Offering a terrific showcase for her brilliant cast, director Carine Tardieu skillfully weaves a wholly-entertaining exploration of love, coincidence and human connection. Few films manage to pluck both the heartstrings and the funny bone as well as JUST TO BE SURE. It’s a delight.

Just To Be Sure

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