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Mina Tannenbaum

Directed by Martine Dugowson

Netherlands-France-Belgium | 128 minutes | 1994

French with English subtitles

Cutting a swath through the personal histories of two young Jewish Parisians, aspiring painter Mina and media wannabe Ethel, this stylish, perceptive and wise film chronicles a friendship formed in childhood, strengthened by the romantic yearnings of adolescence, and tested by adulthood's inevitable parting of the ways. Reflective Mina is filled with anxiety, while Ethel can turn on the brash exterior — and though the mutual reliance forged in their teenage years has given these women shelter from their insecurities, it may not survive their common interest in the arrogant art dealer Dana, whose own designs are cloaked beneath an abrasive exterior. Mina Tannenbaum’s themes are the inescapable weight of the past, the damage unwittingly inflicted by the family's embrace; the betrayal involved when one dear friend who has been with you all your life is suddenly no longer there.
Director Martine Dugowson
Countries of Production Netherlands-France-Belgium
Year of Presentation 1994
Language(s) French with English subtitles
Premiere Status
Runtime 128 minutes
Principal Cast Romane Bohringer, Elsa Zylberstein, Florence Thomassin, Jean-Philippe Écoffey

Nominated for Best Film at the Cesar Awards

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