As a woman who single-handedly raised five contentious children, Riva probably feels entitled to kick up her heels a little these days. To the scandalized delight of her countrified neighbors, she has been having a relationship with a younger man and also goes to low dives with a similarly inclined neighbor. Now, her children have come to her large country home for a rare family reunion. Benoit is Riva's youngest, at twenty four. He was only two when his father ran off to Brazil with a girlfriend. He has arrived at the reunion with his male lover, and he is apparently the only one who appreciates his brave, vain and self-centered mother. By her complete nonchalance at this revelation of his sexual orientation, she more than returns the favor. His four siblings are contemptuous not only of him, but of their mother, and are only a little more tolerant of one another. Isabelle is pregnant and is close to her twin brother Jerome, who has brought his brassy girlfriend to the festivities. Sophie is a news reporter and has visited their father in Brazil and likes to think she is in charge. Philippe is the oldest, a smug, self-satisfied man with a conventional family of his own: a sensible wife and three daughters.
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