A Loving Father
Leo Shepherd | Gerard Depardieu | the renowned French author has just learnt he has won the Nobel Prize for literature and prepares for a motorcycle journey across the European countryside to claim his award. However while recognized as a brilliant write Leo remains an unquestioned-able failure as a father. Although his emotionally fragile daughter Virginia | Sylvie Testud | manages some of his business affairs Leos son Paul | Guillaume Depardieu | has not spoken to his father in years isolated by the memories of an abusive childhood. However when Paul learns that Leo has won the distinguished Prize, he embarks on his own trip in one final attempt to confront and connect with his estranged father. But then things dont go to planned, a freak accident and his recent emotional trauma compels Paul to kidnap the famous author. With the world believing Leo is dead, Paul and his father have the opportunity to spend some 'quality time' together which will either save or destroy the family together.
- Language : French
- Package Dimensions : 18 x 13.8 x 1.5 cm; 83 Grams
- Director : Jacob Berger
- Media Format : PAL
- Run time : 100 minutes
- Actors : Guillaume Depardieu, Sylvie Testud, Gerard Depardieu
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
- Studio : Ovation Entertainment
- ASIN : B07765H5C4
- Number of discs : 1
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As Paul opens up emotionally, and Leo reciprocates, we realize they're both damaged goods: The 28-year-old had a spell with drugs, and Leo, once an inveterate womanizer, confesses he's now dried up as a writer. More than once, the pic plays like a twisted version of Ingmar Bergman's '50s classic, "Wild Strawberries," also centered on a distinguished personality recalling his youth and shortcomings as he journeys to accept an award.
Jean-Claude Petit's orchestral score turns what could have been a by-the-numbers father-son drama into a kind of emotional thriller, and the sense of dislocation from reality is heightened by Berger's direction, which is speckled with offbeat touches and humor. (Helmer's only previous feature was the 1990 "Angels," followed by telemovie work.) Ending is refreshingly free of saccharine melodrama, with a dreamlike, ironic coda.
Supporting cast is solid, with Testud essaying another of her brittle roles as the daughter who can't bear to see her father squander his talent.
But the main show is between the two Depardieus, in a piece of casting that resonates beyond their roles onscreen. In this one pic, Gerard reclaims his position as one of Europe's finest actors, after a recent series of unwise choices. Here he settles comfortably into a late-middle-aged persona that doesn't rely on eccentricities or pure physicality, while Guillaume definitely comes of screen age."