Les Petites Vacances

Film, Comedy
3 out of 5 stars

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.



Release details

Release date:
Friday June 29 2007
90 mins

Cast and crew

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