A Brother's Love

A Brother's Love (French: La femme de mon frère) is a 2019 Canadian comedy-drama film directed by Monia Chokri.[2] It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.[3] Following its Cannes premiere, the film had its Canadian theatrical premiere on 7 June.[4]

A Brother's Love
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FrenchLa femme de mon frère
Directed byMonia Chokri
Produced bySylvain Corbeil
Nancy Grant
Written byMonia Chokri
StarringAnne-Élisabeth Bossé
Patrick Hivon
Evelyne Brochu
Music byOlivier Alary
CinematographyJosée Deshaies
Edited byMonia Chokri
Justine Gauthier
Release date
  • 15 May 2019 (2019-05-15) (Cannes)
Running time
117 minutes
Box office$1.7 million[1]

The film stars Anne-Élisabeth Bossé as Sophia, an immature university graduate student who is forced to reassess her life when her brother Karim (Patrick Hivon), with whom she has always had a very close and codependent relationship, falls in love with her gynecologist Éloise (Evelyne Brochu).[5]


Sophia earns her PhD for her thesis on Antonio Gramsci, but discovers a lack of teaching positions available in her field and is saddled with student debt. At age 35, she lives rent-free with her brother Karim and leads tours at a local art gallery. Pregnant, Sophia seeks an abortion and she and Karim meet Eloïse, a doctor. Eloïse recognizes Karim as a man she met and slept with when she first moved to Montreal several years ago. Although Karim does not remember Eloïse, they agree to see each other again. After the abortion, Sophia tells Karim he should date a woman like Eloïse, but is turned off when he replies he will see Eloïse herself. Sophia loses her job at the gallery and decides to write a novel. She returns to Karim's apartment and speaks loudly about how she imagined Karim's date with Eloïse went, speculating Eloïse is frigid and shallow. Sophia is embarrassed to see Eloïse is in the apartment. Envious and concerned about Karim entering into an increasingly serious relationship, Sophia watches Eloïse as she interacts with Karim.

Eloïse and Karim take Sophia to a dinner, and Eloïse also brings her best friend Jasmin, a male midwife. Concerned she has been lured into a double date, Sophia is offended when Jasmin says giving birth is the most important event of a woman's life; Sophia never wants to have children. Jasmin and Sophia share a taxi, and Jasmin asks to see her again, though Sophia is reluctant. Eloïse then joins Karim and Sophia in a dinner with their parents. There, Sophia engages in a heated argument over her family, saying the world is overpopulated (when Eloïse expresses a desire for children) and her eight years of education were for nothing. Sophia storms out and refuses to apologize. She leaves Karim's apartment for a room at Jasmin's apartment; she also accepts a job as a French-language tutor for immigrants in the suburbs. Jasmin and Sophia have sex; the next morning, Sophia rushes to her new job and struggles on where to begin.

Sophia visits Eloïse in her office and tearfully apologizes for her behaviour at their last dinner. She confesses she had never seen her brother so happy. Eloïse replies by comparing the sibling relationship to atomic theory; since people are made up of atoms, they inherit their atoms from their parents, and she understands Karim and Sophia share a connection.



Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref(s)
Canadian Screen Awards 28 May 2020 Best Cinematography Josée Deshaies Nominated [6]
Best Costume Design Patricia McNeil Nominated
Cannes Film Festival 14–25 May 2019 Jury Coup de Coeur Monia Chokri Won [7]
Prix Iris 10 June 2020 Best Film Sylvain Corbeil, Nancy Grant Nominated [8]
Best Director Monia Chokri Nominated
Best Actor Patrick Hivon Nominated
Best Actress Anne-Élisabeth Bossé Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Sasson Gabai Nominated
Best Cinematography Josée Deshaies Nominated
Best Art Direction Éric Barbeau Nominated
Best Editing Monia Chokri, Justine Gauthier Nominated
Best Costume Design Patricia McNeil Nominated
Most Successful Film Outside Quebec Nominated
Public Prize Nominated


  1. ^ "A Brother's Love (2019)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  2. ^ "The Screenings Guide 2019". 9 May 2019. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Cannes festival 2019: full list of films". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Le film de Monia Chokri La femme de mon frère présenté mercredi à Cannes". Ici Radio-Canada. 15 May 2019.
  5. ^ "'A Brother's Love': Cannes Review". Screen Daily. 15 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Écrans canadiens : Song of Names, The Twentieth Century et Antigone en tête des nominations" (in French). Ici Radio-Canada. 18 February 2020. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  7. ^ Malyk, Lauren (27 May 2019). "Awards roundup: La femme de mon frere wins coup de coeur at Cannes". Playback. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Prix Iris 2020: "Il pleuvait des oiseaux" et "La femme de mon frère" partent favoris". The Huffington Post (in French). 23 April 2020. Retrieved 3 May 2020.

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