City Paper is not for tourists
The plot of the Belgian family dramedy Tenderness isn’t particularly novel—a divorced couple travel from Brussels to Savoie to rescue their uninsured son, who’s broken his leg in a ski accident, and grow more fond of each other in the process—but the scenery more than makes up for the lack of originality. As Frans and Lisa squabble in French through their journey, viewers see the sharp, snow-capped peaks of the French Alps and, perhaps, tune out the bickering. The story (and sights) get better once the parents arrive and interact with Jack, the 20-something son so appalled that his parents have come to take care of him that he checks out of the hospital early and retreats to his hostel with his girlfriend. Sure, the conflict has animated plenty of other films, but with scenery this bright, it’s worth experiencing it again.