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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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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The ferry scenes were actually shot on the Isle of Wight ferry England. See more »

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Cat's in the cradle...
11 August 2004 | by =G=See all my reviews

"A Loving Father" tells of a writer who is en route to pick up his Nobel prize when his trip is interrupted by an estranged son. This road trip flick focuses on the real life father/son Depardieu duo as it meanders through a spotty mire of family dysfunction issues. The sometimes engaging story is fraught with moments of implausibility, a seemingly concocted conclusion, and a trite moral which seems to be "Love your children because payback's a bitch". With good quality in all aspects except story, "A Loving Father" has been largely ignored by the critics and received only a few fringe awards with nominal plaudits from the public. Only for fans of the players or French cinema. (B-)


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13 November 2002 (France) See more »

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