Le dernier coup de marteau
Director: Alix Delaporte
Cast: Clotilde Hesme, Grégory Gadebois, Romain Paul, Candela Peña
Duration: 82 mins
Country of Origin: France
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“Terrific. If you remember Alix Delaporte’s debut film Angèle and Tony you will be impelled to see her second feature. Delaporte has subtext down to a fine art, her scenes are subtle and incredibly moving.”
“Just beautifully done. The best of the French films in Venice competition.”
David Stratton, THE AUSTRALIAN
WINNER – BEST ACTRESS (HESME) – 2014 MARRAKECH FILM FESTIVAL
The eagerly-awaited second film from writer/director Alix Delaporte (Angelé & Tony) is a profoundly affecting drama about a young boy determined to change the course of his future.
Soccer mad fourteen-year-old Victor (extraordinary newcomer Romain Paul) lives in a community of trailers and huts on the seaside with his single mother Nadia (Clotilde Hesme). One day after practice Nadia announces she’d like him to go live with her parents. Victor decides instead to seek out his long-absent father, the famous conductor Samuel Rovinski (Grégory Gadebois) who has recently arrived to rehearse Mahler’s Sixth Symphony with the local orchestra. Samuel is less than welcoming, but the initial hostility soon turns to an awkward kind of tenderness, and – possibly – love.
Intimate and emotionally satisfying, Delaporte’s film is a poetic, neo-realist jewel. Hesme and Gadebois deliver wonderful, nuanced performances, but it’s Romain Paul who, appearing in almost every frame, completely steals the show. His mesmerising breakout performance was the deserving winner of the Venice Film Festival Marcello Mastroianni prize for Best Young Actor.