Christophe Honoré

France 95 min. min


As soon as she gets to Montparnasse train station, things start to go wrong for Léna : she loses her son Anton, just misses her train and in her bag, the baby magpie that her daughter Augustine wanted to save is slowly dying. On arriving in Brittany, she discovers that her family are conspiring to do her ‘good’ and have invited her ex-husband, Nigel.  She feels betrayed, humiliated and disgusted.  Her limited self-confidence begins to evaporate. The ghosts of duty, social judge¬ment and family band together to prevent her from living, loving and thinking, from simply being herself. Should she leave or stay? Send everything packing?


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Christophe Honoré

He arrived in Paris in the 1990s, where he began working in cinema. After debuting with the short film Nous deux (2001), his feature films show him as a very personal creator, with a taste marked by a certain pop romanticism, and with an  extraordinary ability to integrate his idols into his particular and very recognizable imaginary. D’A dedicated a retrospective to him in 2019.

Filmography: Winter Boy (2022, D'A 2023), Guermantes (2021, D'A 2022), On a Magical Night (2019, D'A 2020), Sorry Angel (2018, D’A 2019), Les malheurs de Sophie (2016), Métamorphoses (2014, D’A 2019), Beloved (2011, D’A 2012), Man at Bath (2010, D’A 2019), Making Plans for Lena (2009, D’A 2019), La belle personne (2008, D’A 2019), Hôtel Kuntz (short film, 2008), Les chansons d’amour (2007, D’A 2019), In Paris (2006, D’A 2019), My Mother (2004, D’A 2019), Seventeen Times Cecile Cassard (2002, D’A 2019), Nous deux (short film, 2001)

Christophe Honoré

Film information

Original Title: Making Plans for Lena
Director: Christophe Honoré
Script: Christophe Honoré, Geneviève Brisac
Contact: Le Pacte
With: Chiara Mastroianni, Marina Foïs, Marie-Christine Barrault
Country: France
Year: 2009
Format: 35 mm
Length: 95 min. min
Language: French
Subtitles: English, Catalan
Edition: 2019