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Departure (2015)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 20 May 2016 (UK)
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A nuclear family unravels in the South of France.

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Andrew Steggall

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Andrew Steggall
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Complete credited cast:
Juliet Stevenson ... Beatrice
Alex Lawther ... Elliot
Phénix Brossard Phénix Brossard ... Clément
Finbar Lynch ... Philip
Niamh Cusack ... Sally
Patrice Juiff Patrice Juiff ... François
Guillaume Tobo ... Butcher
Danièle Catala Danièle Catala ... Woman at the Market
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An English mother and teenage son spend a week in the South of France breaking up a summer home that has become one of the casualties of the boy's parents' crumbling marriage. Matters only become more complicated when an enigmatic local boy enters their lives.

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Drama | Romance

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Trivia

In an interview Alex Lawther and Andrew Steggal admit that the dinner-scene room was so small that the entire movie-crew barely stayed. See more »

Goofs

When naming gay writers, Elliot says the name of Victor Hugo, adding that he had to wait for his mother to die to be with the person he loved, this is not true as Victor Hugo was well known for his love of women, especially prostitutes. See more »

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References Bambi (1942) See more »

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Catch the Wind
Written by Oliver Daldry
Performed by Oliver Daldry
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A thoroughly enjoyable sensitive and intelligent tale of boy meets boy in rural France
24 March 2017 | by drewzzSee all my reviews

Excellent film. Beautiful backdrop of rural Languedoc in autumn, natural peaceful and unspoiled whilst the lives of the characters portrayed are anything but. I do not agree at all with those reviewers here who give the movie a panning. I thought it was very sensitively handled and there was a lot of authenticity and insight into young Elliott's first gay fumblings.

Yes, some bits of dialogue and screenplay were a bit clunky and wooden, especially when the father arrived towards the end of the film. But I really enjoyed the interaction and exploration between the two young men: lonely young gay English lad bored with his mother on holiday bumps into sexy athletic moody young Frenchman , OK you could say it is 'cliched', but so much of our lives are unoriginal, but no less exciting when it happens to us for the first time at that age. I saw a lot of myself in Elliott.

One of the most enjoyable gay movies I have seen in a long time. And the fact there was very little sex in it was not a problem at all. It improved the narrative. Less is more in this case. Well done Andrew Steggall.


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Languedoc, France

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$1,100,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,448
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