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    Terre battue     1h 35min
    2014     Drama     France/Belgium
    Original lang: French

    An acute examination of pride, ego, and competition, Stéphane Demoustier's first feature highlights an especially fraught fatherson relationship. When the film opens, middle-aged Jérôme (Olivier Gourmet) has just lost his job as a chain-store sales manager; despite this setback, he's convinced that he'll be able to begin a new retail operation immediately, going to illegal lengths to do so. At home, Jérôme grows more distant, paying little attention either to his tennis-prodigy son, Ugo (Charles Mérienne), or his wife, Laura (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) -- who soon leaves him for another man. When Jérôme fails to realize his professional dreams, he begins to focus more intensely on eleven-year-old Ugo's extraordinary talents, burdening his only child with his own frustrated ambitions. The extent to which the son feels responsible for his dad's happiness becomes painfully clear when Ugo tries to sabotage his opponent at a championship tennis match -- behavior, it would seem, that he first learned from papa.

    Directed byStéphane Demoustier
    Written byGaëlle Macé, Stéphane Demoustier


    Olivier Gourmet
    Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
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