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Jimmy Rivière (2011)

Jimmy Rivière is a young gypsy,living in a travelers camp ;his adoptive father, a Pentecostalist preacher ,urges him to be christened and to lead a life of sacrifice in the name of the Lord.


Teddy Lussi-Modeste (screenplay), Rebecca Zlotowski (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Guillaume Gouix ... Jimmy Rivière
Béatrice Dalle ... Gina
Hafsia Herzi ... Sonia
Serge Riaboukine Serge Riaboukine ... José
Pamela Flores Pamela Flores ... Becka
Jacky Patrac Jacky Patrac ... Ezechiel
Canaan Marguerite Canaan Marguerite ... Mario
Nadia Desposito Nadia Desposito ... Thérèse
Kévin Debar Kévin Debar ... Kévin
David Ribeiro David Ribeiro ... Isaac
Fanny Touron Fanny Touron ... Nessie
Abdoulaye Fofana Abdoulaye Fofana ... Alfa Diallo
Jacques Fieschi Jacques Fieschi ... Le préfet
Mehdi Ben Attia ... Le conseiller
Eye Haidara ... Fatim


Jimmy Rivière is a young gypsy,living in travelers camp ;his adoptive father, a Pentecostalist preacher ,urges him to be christened and to lead a life of sacrifice in the name of the Lord.But Jimmy is crazy about boxing and his coach has planned a match .Besides, the young man tells his girlfriend that,when he gets married, he will have to take a "girl who has never slept with a boy before" ,much to her displeasure.Hence Jimmy's dilemma :sacrifices in the name of the Lord or life temptations . Written by dbdumonteil

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16 March 2011 (France) See more »

Filming Locations:

Grenoble, Isère, France

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Find the river
6 July 2018 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This is an offbeat work,critically-acclaimed ,but hardly anybody went to see it.The title hardly pulls the crowd :a name ,when it is not a famous character ,does not sell tickets .

A gypsy community -although compared to Tony Gatlif's gypsies ,they do not really look the part ,except maybe Hasfia Herzi.

The acting is very good:Serge Riaboukine is particularly impressive as the Pentecotalist preacher :his first speech is so convincing he could convert an atheist;Guillaume Gouix , 28 at the time, is a little too old but his youthful looks make up for it;he plays his game well ,in this part of a young man torn between a demanding religion (he must give up on his passion,boxing ,he must marry a virgin ...)and life "temptations ";it's hard to be a saint in our times and pure religion (as atheist Bunuel showed many times in the past) may be a nuisance to live with at home .

A soft,light, version of German "Tore Tanzt " and " Kreuzweg" ,in which a young man and a young woman became entangled in religion which would cost them their life ,Jimmy Rivière (=River ;what a lovely name!) ,abetted by a girlfriend (the always reliable Herzi)who has her feet firmly on the ground and who is not prepared to accept to be abandoned for a virgin , unlike his German counterparts ,will find the river ,not the one in which he was christened,but the one which flows to life ,everything going his way.

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