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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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Jacob Berger
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Credited cast:
Gérard Depardieu ... Leo Shepherd
Guillaume Depardieu ... Paul
Sylvie Testud ... Virginia
Julien Boisselier ... Arthur
Noémie Kocher ... Marthe
Hiam Abbass ... Salma
Frédéric Polier Frédéric Polier ... Andre
Pierre-Alexandre Crevaux Pierre-Alexandre Crevaux ... Paul, Age 8
Pippa Schallier Pippa Schallier ... Virginia, Age 11
Johanna Mohs Johanna Mohs ... Pippi
Jacques Frantz ... Antoine Levy
Sten Eirik Sten Eirik ... Sven Boland
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Karina Aktouf ... Paul's fiancee
Roberto Bestazzoni ... Policeman
Manuela Biedermann ... Hospital nurse
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Storyline

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 (imdb@tiele.nl)

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France | Canada | UK | Switzerland

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French | English | Swedish

Release Date:

13 November 2002 (France) See more »

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$77,735
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Dolby Digital

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Color (Fujicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Unpleasant and Pointless
4 November 2007 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the country of France, the writer Leo Shepherd (Gérard Depardieu) lives with his daughter Virginia (Sylvie Testud), who organizes his life. When the Swedish Academy awards Leo with the Nobel Prize for Literature, his son Paul (Guillaume Depardieu) unsuccessfully tries to contact him by phone, but Virginia does not allow Paul to talk to his father. Leo decides to go to Stockholm driving his motorcycle, and Paul follows him by car trying to speak with Leo. While trying to escape from Paul, Leo evolves in an accident on the road with another bike, a car and a truck and Paul kidnaps his slightly injured father. The police commit a mistake in the identification of one of the victims of the accident and announce the death of Leo. Meanwhile, Paul forces his father to listen to him, and along their conversation, a resentful relationship from both sides is disclosed.

"Aime Ton Père" is a deceptive movie about the relationship of a dysfunctional family that goes nowhere. The unpleasant and pointless story begins with a terrible development of characters, and it seems that Virginia is married with the black-haired guy (probably Arthur) and has an affair with the strong guy. The troubled relationship of Paul and Leo has accusations, resentments and pain but there is no final message. Further, there is no explanation why Leo has not written for three years. The conclusion of this empty story is absolutely disappointing. My vote is four.

Title (Brazil): "Meu Pai, Meu Filho" ("My Father, My Son")


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