Ali suddenly finds himself in charge of Sam, his 5 years old son that he barely knows. Penniless and without friends, he leaves the north of France to seek shelter at his sister’s in Antibes. Even though she and her husband do not have much money, they make a room for them in their garage and take care of Sam.
Ali finds work as a bouncer at a local nightclub. After diffusing a fight one evening, he meets Stephanie a beautiful, self-confident woman. He takes her home and leaves her his number. But she is a princess and he is a poor fellow.
Stephanie is a killer whale trainer at the local Marineland. After a terrible accident one day, Ali gets an unexpected phone call from Stephanie. When he sees her again she is crammed into a wheelchair. She has lost both her legs and her dreams.
Ali will share genuine moments with her, without pity, and help her to live again… —Celluloid Dreams
Born in Paris, France, in 1952. Jacques Audiard’s family has always been involved in movie business. His father, Michel, was a popular screenwriter and director and his uncle a producer. But in his teens he refused that world and wanted to be a teacher. He studied literature and philosophy at the Sorbonne but didn’t finish his degree. By that time, his then girlfriend suggested he work as a trainee editor during his university holidays. He worked as an assistant editor on several movies like “Le locataire” (1976) directed by Roman Polanski.
He also joined a theater where he did all kinds of work. He specially enjoyed adapting works for stage. In the eighties he wrote the screenplays of some successful movies like “Mortelle Randonnee” (1983), “Reveillon Chez Bob” (1984), “Saxo” (1987), “Frequence meurtre” (1988) and “Grosse fatigue” (1994). Most of those films were thrillers directed by prestigious filmmakers like Claude Miller and Michel Blanc. He also directed some well received… read more
I liked this film they visual style was top notch but the story seemed to stay only on the surface of the issues facing the characters and tried to be too many things in my opinion. The performances weren't the problem but more just the foundation of the story as there are a lot of good elements that could have been focused on that would have made this film really great.
Tediously self indulgent, way too long and plagued by a surfeit of melodrama and plot devices that all but smothered any chance of my engaging with the tender heart it was trying desperately to set a beating. At times I found it ludicrous especially when pegleg took over the bare knuckle fighters betting book. I liked the hand to snout scene with Orca but mostly this left me yawning and amusing myself guessing what was going to happen next. Sadly, I was all too often on the money.
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One fighter, one orca whale trainer, one chance meeting at a club, and what do you get? Well, I won’t tell you and ruin it all! This is a film that surprised me, but also delivers basic human elements… read review
Jacques Audiard is one of France’s most well… read review