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We Need a Vacation (2002)

Fais-moi des vacances (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 22 July 2004 (USA)
It is the end of the school year for the children of a dormitory town. Most of them leave the place for a vacation with their parents but not Lucien and Adama whose parents can't afford the... See full summary »


Didier Bivel




Cast overview, first billed only:
Thylda Barès Thylda Barès ... La petite fille défilé de mode
Siraboula Sissoko Siraboula Sissoko ... Gamine défilé école 2
Lilly-Fleur Pointeaux ... Lila
Thomas Pitiot Thomas Pitiot ... L'animateur
Ibrahim Koma ... Adama
Aymen Saïdi ... Lucien
Albert Goldberg Albert Goldberg ... Le vigile
Nabil El Bouhairi Nabil El Bouhairi ... José
Makan Fofana Makan Fofana ... Mamadou, le frère d'Adama
Hawa Yakaré Sissoko Hawa Yakaré Sissoko ... Fanta, la soeur d'Adama
Marie-Philomène Nga Marie-Philomène Nga ... La mère d'Adama
Moussa Sanogo Moussa Sanogo ... Le chanteur
Laura Mas Navarro Laura Mas Navarro ... Pamela, Lucien's Sister
Hiam Abbass ... La mère de Lucien et José
Bernard Blancan ... Le père de Lucien et José


It is the end of the school year for the children of a dormitory town. Most of them leave the place for a vacation with their parents but not Lucien and Adama whose parents can't afford the expense. While the big brothers of the housing estate are busy breaking the law Lulu and Adama manage to sneak into their neighbors' trailer. The two stowaways are elated until they reach their destination: a nudist camp...! Written by Guy Bellinger

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Comedy | Drama


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Won several awards at the Saint Jean de Luz Film Festival. See more »

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A little uneven at times, but nice.
30 March 2006 | by huladog55See all my reviews

I'm surprised at the low rating that this movie has garnered. While I think the storyline was a little uneven at times, the interaction between the two leads was very organic. They seemed like good friends, partners in crime, if you will.

"We Need A Vacation" gives us a glimpse into the underbelly of French society living in housing projects. Adama and Lucien feel like they're living in a fishbowl, and want to get away. They hitch a ride to what they think is a beach vacation only to be quite surprised when they arrive at a nudist camp! They engage in some petty crimes along the way, but this is in no way glorified.

The second act is a bit muddy. The relationship between Lulu and his brother becomes suddenly rocky as the older of the two realizes that his younger brother is idolizing his poor example. They have a shocking interaction, and then we're treated to an abrupt ending. You're not exactly left hanging however, because you're not surprised. I liked it.

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22 July 2004 (USA) See more »

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Calvados, France See more »


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Dolby Digital



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1.85 : 1
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