MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 17,276 this week

The Grand Highway (1987)
"Le grand chemin" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  25 March 1987 (France)
7.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 970 users  
Reviews: 16 user | 2 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 38 titles
created 09 Dec 2010
 
a list of 46 titles
created 05 Jun 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 28 Jul 2012
 
a list of 1946 titles
created 15 May 2013
 
a list of 676 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Grand Highway (1987)

The Grand Highway (1987) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Grand Highway.
8 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The conflict in question is World War II; even though hostilities have all but ceased, the Germans and the French are not precisely reconciled... See full synopsis »

Director: Jean-Loup Hubert
Stars: Richard Bohringer, Antoine Hubert, Julien Hubert
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Luca Manzi is a fourteen year old boy while the Northern Italy Republic of Salò is governed by the Fascists. Luca becomes a partisan but after the end of the war he is disappointed because ... See full summary »

Director: Aldo Lado
Stars: Stefania Sandrelli, Teresa Ann Savoy, Mario Adorf
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A mysterious decapitation leads Inspector Peretti into a case of blackmail, deceit and the unsolved kidnapping of a young girl.

Director: Tonino Valerii
Stars: George Hilton, Salvo Randone, William Berger
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

In Hungary in the 1960s, a single mother must raise her children by herself.

Director: Péter Gothár
Stars: Anikó Iván, István Znamenák, Péter Gálfy
Paradise (1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson (at the time married to each other) play Lily and Ben Reed, a young couple torn apart by a family tragedy. It would take a miracle to rekindle their love ... See full summary »

Director: Mary Agnes Donoghue
Stars: Melanie Griffith, Don Johnson, Elijah Wood
L'immoralità (1978)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Federico is a child-killer running from the law. Wounded, he is taken in by a 12 year old girl named Simona. Their strange love affair is interrupted by Simona's depressed, oversexed mother... See full summary »

Director: Massimo Pirri
Stars: Lisa Gastoni, Howard Ross, Karin Trentephol
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Jacquot Demy is a little boy at the end of the thirties. His father owns a garage and his mother is a hairdresser. The whole family lives happily and likes to sing and to go to the movies. ... See full summary »

Director: Agnès Varda
Stars: Philippe Maron, Edouard Joubeaud, Laurent Monnier
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Jean-Loup Hubert
Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Richard Bohringer, Bernard Giraudeau
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  
Director: Zdenek Troska
Stars: Jaroslava Kretschmerová, Petra Pysová, Oldrich Kaiser
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A drama that discuss some of the issues and problems that affect human society.

Director: Mohammed Moustafa
Stars: Aida Abdel Aziz, Khaled El Sawy, Ruby
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Andrei Gruzsniczki
Stars: Andi Vasluianu, Simona Popescu, Dan Astileanu
Rozkos (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Jitka Rudolfová
Stars: Jana Plodková, Martin Mysicka, Jan Budar
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anémone ...
Marcelle
...
Pelo
Antoine Hubert ...
Louis
Vanessa Guedj ...
Martine
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
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

It was a summer that would last a lifetime. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 March 1987 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Grand Highway  »

Box Office

Gross:

$760,539 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Remade as Paradise (1991) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Roads Scholar
20 September 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Quite simply this is one of the Best French films of the last fifty years. The relatively unknown Jean-Loup Hubert has produced the kind of film that the overrated Godard could not turn out if you gave him a hundred years (to be fair to the semi-Amateur Godard he would probably have no interest in addressing the Human Condition in such a refreshing straightforward fashion). In terms of story it would be difficult to find something more basic - at one end of the spectrum a married couple living in rural Brittany have slowly grown apart since losing a child, at the other end is nine year old Louis, a city boy from Paris sent to spend a summer with the couple so that his mother (an old friend of the wife) may have her second child without the encumbrance of her first. In other words this is our old friend the bildungsroman/coming-of-age/rites-of-passage movie, the one we've seen so many times before but, as I've said before, it's all in the wrist. The tone is set from the first with a wistful, haunting music track leading us into a nineteen fifties French countryside preserved in amber as Christine Pascal (billed only as the mother of Louis) entrusts her son (Antoine Hubert) to the care of her friend Marcelle (Anemone) and her husband Pelo (Richard Bohringer). This is a French film and French film in a rural setting so we meet Marcelle as she is removing the eye of a rabbit with a knife as a prelude to skinning it. It's a great metaphor for the changes Louis will experience in the next few weeks (you don't see this in Paris, kid) and it also prepares us, the audience, for an arguably alien lifestyle embracing outside privys and indoor chamber pots. Writer-director Hubert (he adapted his own autobiographical novel for the screen) bravely cast his own son, Antoine, in the key role of Louis, despite the boy's complete lack of acting experience and the experiment paid off handsomely. Nor can we argue that he found it easy to coax a performance from his own flesh and blood because he has coaxed an even better performance from Vanessa Guedi as Martine, the ten-year-old tomboy who teaches Louis so much in such a short time. Matching the performances of the two children are those of the two principal adults Anemone and Richard Bohringer, both more than deserving of the Cesars they won as respectively Best Actress and Best Actor. I have been aware of this film for several years but have never been able to track it down until now when I finally located the DVD. On the initial viewing I was overwhelmed and I know it is one I will return to again and again. 10/10


21 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Beautiful film.... on dvd cannescrwrtr
Original soundtrack reissued on CD info-1405
Discuss The Grand Highway (1987) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?