Les Petites Vacances

Film, Comedy
3 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars
Nouvelle Vague muse Bernadette Lafont is mesmerising as a grandmother on the run in this finely wrought, leisurely debut from Olivier Peyon. After taking her two semi-estranged grandchildren for a mini-break in the Alps, Danièle (Lafont) can’t bring herself to return the pair to their parents. What begins as a wretched attempt to reinstate herself into the kids’ lives soon develops into a cry for help as holiday turns to road-trip turns to journey into the abyss. Though Danièle first appears jolly and sympathetic with a certain veiled intrigue, she’s a balancing act that Peyon doesn’t quite pull off: he and co-writers Cyril Brody and Gladys Marciano feel duty bound to explain away her emotional maladies in order to keep a tight leash around the audience’s neck when a looser, more conflicting character would have been more satisfying. Still, 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.

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Release details

Release date:
Friday June 29 2007
Duration:
90 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Olivier Peyon
Screenwriter:
Olivier Peyon, Cyril Brody
Cast:
Adèle Crech
Lucas Franchi
Jérémy Stone
Mireille Roussel
Claire Nadeau
Eric Savin
Bernadette Lafont
Béatrice Chéramy
Claude Brasseur
Pierre Pradinas
Benjamin Rolland

Users say (2)

5 out of 5 stars