Stolen Holidays (Les Petites Vacances) (2006)
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Director Olivier Peyron's French-language drama Les Petites vacances (AKA Stolen Holidays, 2006) observes the bizarre consequences that follow an eccentric and emotionally disturbed grandmother's decision to kidnap her grandchildren. French screen siren Bernadette Lafont (Fiancée du Pirate) stars as the sexagenarian Danièle, who agrees to drive her daughter's children, Thomas (Lucas Franchi) and Marine (Adèle Csech) out to the French Alps to visit their estranged father, Philippe (never pictured
Oct 12, 2006 Wide
Pierre Grise Distribution
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Even though the precisely layered, Jenga-tower narrative becomes tiresome towards the end, punches that could have easily been pulled in the final scenes make firm and full contact.
A superb performance from veteran New Wave actress Bernadette Lafont anchors this absorbing road movie from debut French writer/director Olivier Peyon.
This is a stylish performance from Lafont, and though I wondered if she wasn't withholding too much interior turmoil from the camera, it is very assured work from Peyon.
It's a characteristically French film - in the UK, the same story would be big on whimsy and lovable eccentrics, but in the Gallic take there's a chilly bleakness that cuts like the wind from the mountains that provide the backdrop to the story.
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