Suzanne (Sara Forestier) isn’t just the subject but also the troublesome centre – and sometimes the perplexing absence – of this ambitious and fascinatingly slippery family drama from Katell Quillévéré, more than delivering on the promise of her Love Like Poison. Over several years the film follows the lives of Suzanne and her younger sister Maria (Adèle Haenel), daughters of a widowed lorry driver (François Damiens). Starting with the girls’ childhood, Quillévéré follows them through their impetuous teens, through Suzanne’s passion for a small-time hood and her seeming return to the straight-and-narrow, to her most reckless move of all, which changes the family’s lives forever. Constantly surprising, the film makes a series of unexpected leaps in time, all the better to remind us that real life never follows a straight narrative path. Terrifically performed, and written and directed with mesmerising confidence, Suzanne brings a poetry and fierce intelligence to the French cinema of everyday intimacy.