For most of its 105-minute length, "Daddy Nostalgia," is as beautiful as a painting and about as interesting dramatically as watching paint dry.
This film by Bertrand Tavernier ("A Day in the Country," "ThClockmaker" and "Round Midnight") features the return (after a 14-year absence from the screen) of Dirk Bogarde, a consummate British actor whose eyes are as beautiful and as worried-looking as ever. And it has what seems to be a terrific subject: the reconciliation -- after years of emotional distance -- between a grown daughter (played by Jane Birkin) and her dying father (Bogarde).
Bogarde, as a retired English businessman, is living in Marseillewith his wife (Odette Laure). When Laure discovers that Bogarde is dying, she sends for Birkin, a scriptwriter living in Paris, to help her care for him. Birkin has always adored her father, but he has always put his pleasure, his career and his wife ahead of her. The movie follows them as they rediscover each other.