Rachel Steiner, a beautiful half-Jewish young woman (the wonderful Virginie Efira), meets charismatic Philippe in the late 1950s and soon after gets pregnant. While he refuses to marry Rachel or to acknowledge parternity of their daughter Chantal, he stays in their lives, his damaging presence threatening to mentally and physically harm Chantal and to drive a wedge between them. An Impossible Love, adapted from a novel by Christine Angot, is an elegant and engrossing study of a mother-daughter relationship over several decades.
Official Selection – BFI London Film Festival 2018
“Virginie Efira gives a superbly intelligent and sympathetic performance as Rachel, a young woman from a Jewish background in 1950s France.” – The Guardian