Director: Nicole Garcia
Cast: Pierre Rochefort, Louise Bourgoin, Dominique Sanda, Déborah François
Country: France, 2013
Duration: 95 minutes
Rating: M – offensive language
Three days, three places, three people…
Nicole Garcia’s spectacular new film Going Away follows Baptiste (Pierre Rochefort), a gifted primary school relief teacher living in the south of France, who never remains in the same job for more than a term. His unremarkable appearance hides a shadowed past.
One weekend when he is left in charge of a young student by the boy’s negligent father, he finds himself invited by the boy to meet his mother. The boy’s mother Sandra (the captivating Louise Bourgoin) is a dazzling but fragile woman who works on the beach near Montpellier. Despite erratic parenting skills, she longs to make amends and welcomes Baptiste along with her son into her bungalow. For one enchanted day, a powerful spell unites them, the beginnings of a family for each of these three misfits.
But it won’t last. Sandra owes money and her creditors are moving in. She is forced to flee again. To help her, Baptiste must return to the roots of his life, and to the darkest, most painful secrets within himself…
Going Away is a sensitive romantic drama led with grace and intelligence by Bourgoin and Rochefort. Unmissable.