CAST: LOUISE BOURGOIN, DOMINIQUE SANDA, PIERRE ROCHEFORT, DÉBORAH FRANÇOIS, ÉRIC RUF
Mistakes from the past come back to haunt three drifting souls from different worlds in the intimate character-driven thriller Going Away.
Baptiste (Pierre Rochefort) is an inspiring primary school teacher, who finds himself looking after Mathias (Mathias Brezot), one of his students for a weekend. When Baptiste takes Mathias back to his mother, the radiant, impulsive Sandra (Louise Bourgoin), he is instantly enchanted. For three beautiful days of the Whitsun holiday, a new beginning and new love seem possible with their troubled pasts a distant memory. However all too soon Sandra’s problems threaten their fragile idyll, and Baptiste is forced to make a choice: help Sandra and face his dark past or walk away again.
Going Away was screened at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival to great acclaim and features superbly naturalistic performances from the expert cast. Directed with a sympathetic eye by Nicole Garcia, it is a dark romance, a fascinating character study and a gripping tale of the rough road to redemption.