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Grand départ (2014)




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A tender coming of age story of two brothers thrown into turmoil by their father's declining health, GRAND DÉPART reveals a young man looking to his future, while struggling with his past. Between his domineering brother Luc (Jérémie Elkaïm) and his incorrigible father (César winner Eddy Mitchell), Romain (Pio Marmaï) finds that he can't go on being the boy who does what is expected of him. Approaching 30, Romain decides that it's time to face his family as an adult and, in the process, learn more about himself than he ever imagined. (c) Rialto
Comedy , Drama
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Pio Marmaï
as Romain
Eddy Mitchell
as Georges (le père)
Chantal Lauby
as Danielle (la mère)
Zoé Félix
as Séréna
Antoine Gouy
as Timothée
Willy Cartier
as Adrian
Gaëlle Bona
as Sophie
Frédéric Merlo
as Undertaker's Assistant
Yves Heck
as Neurologist
Virgile Lopes-Benites
as Romain as a child
Baptiste Dupuy
as Luc as a child
Antoine Courtray
as Julien, the male nurse
Patrick Kodjo Topou
as Homme 'Dark Vador'
Ouané Camara
as Homme faux billets
Lana Ropion
as Little Girl at Baptism
Candido Temperini
as Monsieur Arturo
Caroline Clerc
as Pensionnaire 'Chanel'
Thérèse Roussel
as Pensionnaire 'C'est la guerre'
Dominique Jayr
as Pensionnaire 'C'est les soldes'
Juergen Mash
as Pensionnaire 'Banquier'
Marco Panzani
as Taxi Driver
Sophie Accaoui
as Patiente plâtrée
Sara Berardengo
as Romain as a baby
Many Omri
as Luc at 3 years old
Elliott Grassot
as Son of Romain and Sophie #1
Oscar Grassot
as Son of Romain and Sophie #2
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Critic Reviews for Grand départ

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Although the subject is potent, the film, directed with a seemingly effortless commercial acumen, doesn't burrow deeply.

Full Review… | May 22, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

The director, Nicolas Mercier, has failed to grasp how repellent his own protagonist seems to us.

Full Review… | May 20, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

A bittersweet tale of sibling rivalry about a couple of polar-opposites endeavoring to bury the hatchet for the sake of their rapidly-expiring dad.

Full Review… | May 24, 2014
Baret News

While [Grand Départ's] protagonist spends most of his time onscreen wringing his hands, the filmmakers barely seem to have lifted a finger.

Full Review… | May 22, 2014
The Dissolve

The accouterments are incessantly elegant but do not disguise the hollowness at the heart of this labored family study.

Full Review… | May 21, 2014
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Grand départ


I like its appropriate length + narrative speed, its bitter-sweet tone of story-telling; furthermore, I like Pio + Jérémie.


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