Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2016
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""A FEEL-GOOD SPORT FILM WHERE THE IMPOSSIBLE HAPPENS"" - THE FILM STAGE
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  • THE FINISHERS

THE FINISHERS

 DE TOUTES NOS FORCES

FRANCE • DRAMA • 95 MINS • 2014 • PG
DIRECTOR: NILS TAVERNIER
CAST: JACQUES GAMBLIN, ALEXANDRA LAMY, FABIEN HÉRAUD, SOPHIE DE FÜRST, PABLO PAULY, XAVIER MATHIEU

Wheelchair-bound teenager Julien (Fabien Héraud) is the apple of his mother’s eye, but he yearns for the approval of his brooding and bitter father, Paul (Jacques Gamblin).

With his youth as an Ironman champion behind him, Paul distances himself from his disabled son. When Julien suggests the seemingly crazy idea that they join forces to compete in a triathlon in Nice, an incredible journey of persistence and determination begins.

The characters are inspired by a true story in this emotionally involving film that will melt the hardest heart. It features moving and fully committed performances from a terrific cast, including Alexandra Lamy as Julien’s mother, Claire.

With Rocky-esque training montages and nail-biting sequences in the stunning mountains of Nice (shot at the actual 2012 Ironman competition), director Nils Tavernier turns the conventions of the sports film on its head. You might even be inspired to run yourself after seeing this stirring family story!

 

 

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