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Stolen Holidays (Les Petites Vacances)

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


Drama, Comedy

Cyril Brody, Gladys Marciano, Olivier Peyon

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.

June 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Les Petites Vacances is quietly effective and deeply sympathetic.

June 29, 2007 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

A superb performance from veteran New Wave actress Bernadette Lafont anchors this absorbing road movie from debut French writer/director Olivier Peyon.

June 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Les Petites vacances is sunny on the surface, but subtly disconcerting.

June 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

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.

June 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian

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.

June 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Touching Scenes.

June 29, 2007 Full Review Source:

Visually and atmospherically moving with some very decent performacnes.

June 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Peyon teases a well-worn thriller format into a subtle and moving drama about loss, regret and desperation. Rarely has the spirit of carpe diem seemed so tragically belated.

June 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

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