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The Grand Highway (1987)

Le grand chemin (original title)
R | | Drama | 25 March 1987 (France)
Louis, a nine-year-old boy from Paris, spends his summer vacation in a small town in Brittany. His mother Claire has lodged him with her girlfriend Marcelle and her husband Pelo while she's... See full summary »

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Marcelle
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Pelo
Antoine Hubert ...
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Christine Pascal ...
Claire, la mère de Louis
Raoul Billerey ...
Le curé
Pascale Roberts ...
Yvonne
Marie Matheron ...
Solange
Daniel Rialet ...
Simon
Jean-François Dérec ...
Le chauffeur
André Lacombe ...
Hippolyte
Denise Péron ...
Marie la Grenouille
Jean Cherlian ...
Le gros
Eugenie Charpentier ...
La Lubie
Thierry Flamand ...
Docteur Gauthier
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Louis, a nine-year-old boy from Paris, spends his summer vacation in a small town in Brittany. His mother Claire has lodged him with her girlfriend Marcelle and her husband Pelo while she's having her second baby. There Louis makes friends with Martine, the ten-year-old girl next door, and learns from her about life. Written by Clemens Huwig <cx@cs.uni-sb.de>

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$760,539
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My Favorite Movie of all time
30 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

As a genre, I love the so-called "coming-of-age" movies. This one, even though it's French, is one I watch over and over again since I bought the VHS tape. I don't know why it's not available on DVD in the United States,; I know that it is available in Europe. The little girl in the movie is the perfect little tomboy, and has loads to teach her summer friend about life. It's based in the 50s when worldly kids were actually kind of rare. Then there's the heartbreaking sub-story of a childless couple who haven't been intimate in years due to the loss of their own child. Louis gives them both the kind of love they've never known, and they realize what's been missing in their lives. It's just a beautiful story, and I would love for this film to be re-introduced in the United States for a new generation to discover and enjoy. There was an American remake done in the early nineties, but it sucked royally compared to the original French film.


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