Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

THE GRAND HIGHWAY

 

Year: 1986
Country: France
Run Time: 107 minutes

Echoing the poignancy of ?Forbidden Games? and brimming with all the bittersweet, heartwarming hilarity of ?My Life as a Dog,? which it resembles in many ways, THE GRAND HIGHWAY is a total delight. Personal experiences inspired Jean-Loup Hubert?s fresh and candid illustration of childhood innocence, coupled with the delicate relationship between children and the often-troubled adults who care for them. Louis is a sensitive, nine-year-old Parisian sent to a village in Brittany for the summer by his pregnant mother. Living with his mother?s friend, Marcelle, and her gruff, loutish husband, Pelo, Louis is like a fish out of water in a rural environment. But Martine, a mischievous imp of a tomboy, teaches Louis how to have fun when she isn?t tormenting him with devilish and mortifying tricks. Marcelle and Pelo try to outdo each other in winning Louis?s affection to make up for the loss of their own child, a loss that almost destroyed their marriage. Louis acts as an unwitting catalyst to reconcile the couple in scenes of tenderness and emotional intensity that are splendidly performed.

Screenplay
Jean-Loup Hubert

Director
Jean-Loup Hubert

Producer
Pascal Hommais, Jean-Francois Lepetit

Cinematography
Claude Lecomte

Editing
Raymonde Guyot

Principal Cast
Anemone, Richard Bohringer, Antoine Hubert, Vanessa Guedj

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