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Going South (2009)
"Plein sud" (original title)

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In the summer, 27 year-old Sam drives towards the south of France in his Ford. He meets Matthieu and his sister Léa and takes them along in his apparently aimless journey. Matthieu has a ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yannick Renier ...
Sam
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Léa
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La mère
Théo Frilet ...
Mathieu
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Jérémie
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La grand-mère
Gérard Watkins ...
Le père
Marie Matheron ...
La mère adoptive
Luis Hostalot ...
Pablo
Ludo Harley ...
Sam enfant (as Ludo Harlay)
Samuel Vittoz ...
Alex adulte
Quentin Gonzalez ...
Alex enfant
Romain Scheiner ...
Sam adolescent
Anne Duverneuil ...
Lucie
Camille Dupuy ...
Gaspard
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In the summer, 27 year-old Sam drives towards the south of France in his Ford. He meets Matthieu and his sister Léa and takes them along in his apparently aimless journey. Matthieu has a crush on Sam and tries to seduce him. Lea is a beautiful, young, provocative girl who likes men so much that she got pregnant. She soon brings along Jérémie with them. Throughout the trip, they learn to know, fight and love each other. In spite of a blooming relationship with Matthieu, Sam isolates himself because of his secret : he is headed for Spain to find his long-lost mother. Written by Greg Philip {greg_philip@hotmail.com}

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Disappointing to say the least

I would have to agree with the reviewer who judged "Plen Sud" as regressive as far as the work of director Sebastian Lifshitz goes. "The Wild Side" was a fine film and "Presque Rien" simply outstanding.

"Plein Sud" has the feeling of a director out of control and worse a director devoid of vision. The film ambles, has unnecessary musical interludes and is imbued with an off putting vagueness of intention.

Where the film fails most is the lack of chemistry between the players especially between the Yannick Renier and Theo Frilet characters. Liftshitz's previous films abounded with a sense of genuine feeling between the characters. Remove that from a film and not much remains.

There are shots on the beach which are replicas from "Presque Rien" - and in my book that is not a good sign.

There are films which exude a sense of everything going right - sadly, "Plein Sud" is the flip side.


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