A horse with amazing courage and a big heart.

Director:

Christian Duguay

Writers:

Guillaume Canet (scenario and adaptation), Karine Devilder (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Guillaume Canet ... Pierre Durand
Marina Hands ... Nadia
Daniel Auteuil ... Serge Durand
Lou de Laâge ... Raphaëlle Dalio
Tchéky Karyo ... Marcel Rozier
Jacques Higelin Jacques Higelin ... Dalio
Marie Bunel ... Arlette Durand
Joël Dupuch Joël Dupuch ... Francis Lebail
Fred Epaud ... Patrick Caron
Arnaud Henriet Arnaud Henriet ... Frédéric Cottier
Donald Sutherland ... John Lester
Antoine Cholet ... Hubert Bourdy
Edmond Jonquères d'Oriola Edmond Jonquères d'Oriola ... Philippe Rozier
Benoît Petitjean Benoît Petitjean ... Éric Navet
Sébastien Cazorla Sébastien Cazorla ... Michel Robert
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A horse with amazing courage and a big heart.

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Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Guillaume Canet went back to horse riding after so many years to train for the role. He continues to this day to ride and take part in competitions. See more »

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Dancing in the Moonlight
Written by Phil Lynott (as Lynott)
Performed by Thin Lizzy
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An emotional journey, only a bit too long
26 March 2013 | by vostfSee all my reviews

I was reluctant to go for the ride. I think movies about great horses cannot make great movies, even if they are very well done they only cater for a limited public: kids if it's mostly a fable, or connoisseurs if it's more of a true story.

Then I am no fan of Guillaume Canet. The lack of depth in his turf plus the fact that he envisioned the Jappeloup story as 'Rocky meets jumpers' really did not appeal to me. And even if I was crazy about jumping I would have had these many reservations.

Now Jappeloup has been cleverly crafted around the choices that rider Pierre Durand had to face, with the central paternal figure played to perfection by Daniel Auteuil. This is enough to tell an emotional story that peaks with every jumping show.

The seminal choice for Durand to leave his lawyer job to live his passion to the full is well timed, but emotion really lies with the father's simple and heartfelt lines. The father then comes on schedule to ease the stress while his son only appears as bland, more obstinate than really passionate about riding, let alone about his horse.

The groom character created as a proxy for the horse-rider relationship is not really interesting. It shaves a narrative challenge off the main character's shoulders, only making him look vain and passive before others - the groom (Lou de Laâge), his father, his wife (Marina Hands) - steer him in the right direction.

In the end, the mere succession of key jumping events starts to be too much, all the more so as the father is no longer there. And maybe the movie lacks Daniel Auteuil to deliver the final word, because in the end there is no sense of a lesson learnt. The journey was emotionally charged but the minute after we arrived it's all gone.


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Country:

France | Canada

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

13 March 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Jappeloup - Eine Legende See more »

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Budget:

EUR26,600,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,288,523
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2.35 : 1
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