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A Loving Father (2002)
"Aime ton père" (original title)

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While the whole world thinks writer Léo Shepherd is dead, he is kidnapped by his son Paul.


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Credited cast:
Leo Shepherd
Frédéric Polier ...
Pierre-Alexandre Crevaux ...
Paul, Age 8
Pippa Schallier ...
Virginia, Age 11
Johanna Mohs ...
Jacques Frantz ...
Antoine Levy
Sven Boland
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Karina Aktouf ...
Paul's fiancee
Hospital nurse


Writer Léo Shepherd lives in rural France together with his daughter Virginia, who manages his affairs. One day Virginia gets a call from the Swedish Academy. Léo has won the Nobel Prize for Literature. His estranged son Paul tries desperately to contact him, but is denied every time by his sister. When Léo starts traveling to the ceremony in Stockholm by motor bike, Paul decides to follow him and try to speak to him. Clearly Léo doesn't want to be followed, starts speeding and gets involved in a accident, but isn't badly hurt. The police confuse another motorist for Shepherd and announce his death. Paul, driven by his childhood experiences, decides to kidnap his father. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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13 November 2002 (France)  »

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Aime ton père  »

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lots of great moments but it loses its way
28 November 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

There were some amazing performances in this movie, as, at times, it delved into interesting material about parenting and relationships with neglectful parents. However, each time when the characters started to dig deeper within themselves to reveal more, the movie interrupted the focus--often into rather irrelevant directions. This is probably because most people with emotional baggage attempt to confront the past but become scared and run from it. Despite this, I still wanted to see much more exploration between the father and son. In addition, I wanted to see more than just a one-dimensional performance by the daughter throughout all but the closing moments of the film (she always seemed intensely and disproportionately angry throughout the film). It was as if the movie was put into production before there was a chance to edit and do re-writes and smooth out all the details--especially the very end of the film that made very little sense. Overall, it's interesting and has moments but could have been better.

By the way, Gerard's real life son plays his son in the movie. He looked an awful lot like a French version of Julian Sands (the somewhat obscure English actor).

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