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 onscreen). When they arrive, however, the latter turns out not to be home; to stall, Danièle takes the children to a nearby resort with a lake and a hotel. Philippe eventually phones his former mother-in-law, but instead of going the predicted and acceptable route, by dropping the kids off at their father's, the elderly woman tosses her phone into the lake and carts the youngsters higher and higher into the mountains, on a trip to visit some of her old friends. To her chagrin, the frightened children soon rebel and begin making increasingly desperate attempts to reconnect with their dad. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
Comedy , Drama
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Critic Reviews for Stolen Holidays (Les Petites Vacances)

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

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.

Full Review… | June 28, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Les Petites Vacances is quietly effective and deeply sympathetic.

June 29, 2007
London Evening Standard

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

Full Review… | June 29, 2007
Total Film

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

Full Review… | June 29, 2007
Daily Telegraph (UK)

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.

Full Review… | June 29, 2007

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.

Full Review… | June 28, 2007
Times (UK)

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