At the end of the 19th century, young Valentine is betrothed to her beloved husband Jules. From that moment on, Valentine and her clan are buoyed by the currents of time through the cycles of life, birth and death, love and heartbreak.
Filmmaker Tran Anh Hung lovingly adapts the novel The Elegance of Widows by Alice Ferney into a beautiful portrait of motherly and familial love spanning generations. He preserves the rich tone of the literary work, weaving a flowing voiceover into the narrative as the camera glides over each character (courtesy of frequent Hou Hsiao-Hsien cinematographer Mark Lee Ping Bing), bringing them to life in a painterly tableau of sun drenched scenes. Starring a triumvirate of French actresses Audrey Tatou, Mélanie Laurent and Bérénice Bejo, Eternity is perhaps Tran’s most ambitious work yet.
- Tran Anh Hung is a Vietnamese-born French filmmaker. His debut feature, The Scent of Green Papaya (1993), won the Camera d’Or at the 46th Cannes Film Festival and was the closing film at the 7th Singapore International Film Festival. His second feature, Cyclo (1995), won the Golden Lion at the 52nd Venice Film Festival. Eternity is his sixth feature film.
- Philip Boëffard, Christophe Rossignon
- Tran Anh Hung, Alice Ferney
- Audrey Tautou, Mélanie Laurent, Bérénice Bejo