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“Meres et Filles” (released in Japan as “Kakusareta Nikki)” is a film about women. But contrary to expectations, it’s not a celebration of womanhood. Director Julie Lopez-Curval (working from a script by Sophie Hiet) is more concerned with the telltale details of women’s lives: the momentary coldness in a mother’s glance, the way her daughter shuts her eyes at a disapproving remark.

“I was interested in tracing the process of change and freedom for women in the last 40 years or so,” says Lopez-Curval. “There are so many things young women of today take for granted, like having a child without the need to marry, or the freedom to travel. Women of a past generation didn’t have those options, so perhaps there’s friction there. At the same time, the older women often don’t realize that modern freedom can bring about a whole new set of complications.”

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