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Director: Alix Delaporte
Cast: Romain Paul, Clotilde Hesme, Grégory Gadebois
Country: France
Year: 2014
Genre: Drama
Duration: 82 minutes
Rating: M – offensive language 

“Just beautifully done. The best of the French films in Venice competition.”

David Stratton, The Australian

Synopsis

The eagerly-awaited second film from writer/director Alix Delaporte (Angèle et Tony) is a profoundly affecting drama about a young boy determined to change the course of his future.

Soccer mad 14-year-old Victor (extraordinary newcomer Romain Paul) lives in a community of trailers and huts on the seaside with his single mother Nadia (Clotilde Hesme). One day after practice Nadia announces she’d like him to go live with her parents. Victor decides instead to seek out his long-absent father, the famous conductor Samuel Rovinski (Grégory Gadebois). Samuel has recently arrived to rehearse Mahler’s Sixth Symphony with the local orchestra, and is completely unaware of Victor’s existence. His initial hostility soon turns to an awkward kind of tenderness, and − possibly − love.

Intimate and emotionally satisfying, Delaporte’s film is a poetic, neo-realist jewel.

Hesme and Gadebois deliver wonderful, nuanced performances, but it’s Paul who, appearing in almost every frame, completely steals the show. His mesmerising breakout performance was the deserving winner of the Marcello Mastroianni prize for Best Young Actor at the Venice Film Festival.

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AUCKLAND – RIALTO
Fri 20 Feb 6:30 PM
Sun 22 Feb 2:15 PM
Tue 24 Feb 12:30 PM

AUCKLAND – TAKAPUNA
Thu 26 Feb 6:45 PM
Fri 27 Feb 4:30 PM
Sun 1 Mar 6:45 PM
Sun 8 Mar 8:30 PM

CHRISTCHURCH
Thu 5 Mar 6:30 PM Special event: If Music be the Food of Love
Sun 8 Mar 4:30 PM
Tue 10 Mar 2:00 PM
Thu 12 Mar 4:30 PM

NELSON
Sun 8 Mar 7:45 PM
Thu 12 Mar 4:30 PM

TIMARU
Sun 8 Mar 5:40 PM

WELLINGTON
Sun 15 Mar 10:30 AM D
Thu 19 Mar 6:15 PM E
Sat 28 Mar 4:30 PM D

TAURANGA
Sun 15 Mar 5:30 PM

DUNEDIN
Sun 22 Mar 5:30 PM

HAVELOCK NORTH
Sun 22 Mar 7:45 PM
Fri 27 Mar 2:30 PM

ARROWTOWN
Wed 1 Apr 1:30 PM
Sat 4 Apr 1:30 PM

PALMERSTON NORTH
Sun 12 Apr 5:30 PM
Fri 17 Apr 2:30 PM

HAMILTON
Sun 12 Apr 7:45 PM
Mon 20 Apr 11:15 AM

E Embassy Theatre
D Deluxe Theatre

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