Jérôme, a senior executive, has just left his company. Determined to never work for nobody else ever again, he attempts to set up his own company, come what may, even ignoring the ...
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Jérôme, a senior executive, has just left his company. Determined to never work for nobody else ever again, he attempts to set up his own company, come what may, even ignoring the reluctance of his wife Laura. Ugo, their 11-year-old son, is a tennis player and a promising champion. To reach his goal, he must make it into the Roland Garros national training center. Just like his dad, he's willing to do whatever it takes to make it. Together, Ugo and Jérôme will realize that not all rules can be bent in the quest for success.Written by
With quite a simple story, Stéphane Demoustier tells us a fable of our world and its competitive side. To be clear, this is not a sport movie but a social movie - in the same vein as North of France / Belgian directors, the Dardenne brothers as head figures of this movement - taking place partly in the sport universe.
We follow a father - who quits his job, refusing a demotion, and its son, discovering the competitive tennis world at 11 years, and their relationship. They both struggle to find their way, and have to ask themselves up to where they are ready to win, to succeed.
Success becomes a way to exist in front of the others, so much that it comes above everything else. But are every mean right to achieve your objectives ? Building a project with his former company, liying, cheating... All these are approached in a way or another.
It also adresses how can be handled failure.
Without preaching - nor trying to give its own answers, the director shows us the character's choices, and the impact these choices have.
We are also mainly shown a man's world, the mother and the first trainer being only support characters. Clearly, Stéphane Demoustier wants to show that competition is masculine - which is clearly a shortcut in my opinion.
Acting is good and I guess the Demoustier family did some cinema learning together, with actress Anaïs being Stéphane's sister.
It appears as well their father was a commercial manager and there may be some autobiographical pieces in Olivier Gourmet's character, which is quite well developped.
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