Even Fannie Hurst wouldn’t come up with the kind of baldly melodramatic silliness of “All Our Desires,” Philippe Lioret’s disappointing follow-up to “Welcome.” A banal mix of soap and social action, the pic follows a femme magistrate diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer who positions a single mom to fill her shoes at home while concurrently fighting shyster credit companies in the courts. It ticks every box except one: “subtext.” Lifetime may want remake rights, since Stateside cinemas won’t bother with the original.
Notwithstanding an unstable childhood, Claire (Marie Gillain, “Female Agents”) has it all: a perfect husband (Yannick Renier), two adorable kids and a good job in the Lyon courts. Celine (Amandine Dewasmes), the debt-ridden mom of Claire’s daughter’s schoolmate, is sued by credit agencies, and Claire gets involved in the case, bringing in older judge Stephane (Vincent Lindon). Then Claire is diagnosed with cancer; she refuses treatment and tells no one, hoping to win the credit case and bring hubby and Celine together before she croaks. Lioret throws in every hackneyed clue, from autumn leaves to the gift of a timepiece, all perfectly lit and crushingly obvious.