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The Grand Highway (1987)

Le grand chemin (original title)
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:

Jean-Loup Hubert

Writers:

Jean-Loup Hubert (novel), Jean-Loup Hubert (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anémone ... Marcelle
Richard Bohringer ... Pelo
Antoine Hubert Antoine Hubert ... Louis
Vanessa Guedj ... Martine
Christine Pascal Christine Pascal ... Claire, la mère de Louis
Raoul Billerey Raoul Billerey ... Le curé
Pascale Roberts ... Yvonne
Marie Matheron Marie Matheron ... Solange
Daniel Rialet Daniel Rialet ... Simon
Jean-François Dérec Jean-François Dérec ... Le chauffeur
André Lacombe André Lacombe ... Hippolyte
Denise Péron Denise Péron ... Marie la Grenouille
Jean Cherlian Jean Cherlian ... Le gros
Eugenie Charpentier Eugenie Charpentier ... La Lubie
Thierry Flamand Thierry Flamand ... Docteur Gauthier
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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>

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For him it was a time of adventure and awakening... For her it was a time of innocence and discovery See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

25 March 1987 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Grand Highway See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$760,539
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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My Favorite Movie of all time
30 April 2004 | by imgeorgSee 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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