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Coming out stories are a dime a dozen.  There are plenty of boutique studios that churn out the tales of young boys and girls uttering the two big words to Mom and Dad.  In the French film, “Times Have Been Better,” the story is about a man in his early thirties (Arnaud Binard as Jeremy), hitting his stride professionally as a banker in Paris, who finally musters the courage to come out to his supposedly liberal folks in the country.  The great surprise of the film is that the arc of the story is more about their journey than his.  While our lead is more interested in having the parentals approve of his older beau, they are tackling their own demons in the light of his announcement.  His father, Guy (Bernard le Coq) cannot see past the new revelation and loses his vivacious spirit and adoration for his family. His mother, Rosine (Charlotte de Turckheim) sees that her son has found a new love and longs for the passion and romance that have long been absent from her own marriage.  And then there’s his younger brother, Robin (Olivier Guérité), who has known this secret for some time, and starts to entertain the idea of skipping university to begin living his life, seeing those around him have put theirs on hold for so many years.  It is not simply Jeremy’s renaissance, but rather that of all his loved ones.  We see what tears them apart and ultimately, what will reunite them in their changing family dynamic.  The trailer, poster and overall pitch to get viewers to pull it off the shelf, focus on the boy-on-boy imagery, and are ultimately, misleading. But with laughter and longing, “Times Have Been Better,” is a welcome surprise in a saturated and formulaic genre.