Michel, a fifty year old man, graphic designer, decides to change the urban lifestyle and go on an adventure. Fascinated by airmail, he dreams at Jean Mermoz when he's on scooter. One day, Michel sees a picture of a kayak.


Bruno Podalydès
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruno Podalydès Bruno Podalydès ... Michel
Sandrine Kiberlain ... Rachelle
Agnès Jaoui ... Laëtitia
Vimala Pons ... Mila
Denis Podalydès ... Rémi
Michel Vuillermoz Michel Vuillermoz ... Christophe
Jean-Noël Brouté Jean-Noël Brouté ... Damien
Pierre Arditi ... Le pêcheur qui ressemble à Pierre Arditi
Noémie Lvovsky ... Mme Pirchtate, la voisine
Samir Guesmi ... Le livreur
Mehdi Djaadi Mehdi Djaadi ... Le vigile hypermarché
Blutch Blutch ... Bastien
Benjamin Lavernhe ... Bernard
Leslie Menu Leslie Menu ... Annabella
Nassime Nazari Nassime Nazari ... La femme coursier


Middle-aged graphic design company manager Michel loves planes. Day and night - in the shower, at work, riding his scooter - he dreams of life as an airborne explorer. Then one day a photograph stops him dead in his tracks. Kayaks - they could almost be planes, planes without wings. Seized by a sudden crazy impulse, Michel orders the whole package online: canoe, paddles - everything he needs for an expedition. His wife Rachelle encourages him to set out alone on his escapade. So what if he's never rowed a boat in his life? Adventure is adventure. His big trip on the water turns out to be full of surprises and unexpected encounters: Laetitia, the owner of a riverside bar, her crazy employees, the young waitress Mila - after a night in their company, Michel finds it very hard to leave. Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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Bruno Podalydès is director and writer and actor in this movie in which 2 other family members star as well, namely his brother (the boss of his firm) and his son (the young kayak driver who he runs into at the end of the movie). See more »

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Playful, heartwarming, tranquil. Subtle, comical French portrait of a man who dreams of far away places while his good fortune lies just around the bend...
29 October 2018 | by imseegSee all my reviews

Only the French can make such lovely, exquisit, subtle portraits with a wink. Beautifully photographed, acted with lots of subtle wit, written with magnificent mastery of human characters. One heck of a sweet portrait of a man who dreams of far away places while his good fortune lies just around the bend.

This story is about a middle aged man, who has a nice job, a lovely wife, who is dreaming of far away journeys by himself. Alone in the wilderness, that idea. He decides to buy a kajak and to make a journey through nature. Although the man is such a newbie at steering a kajak that he gets stuck just around the first bend of the river. No problem, because there just happens to be a nice small cafe situated, with some attractive women he becomes so fond of he is not very eager to continue his journey at all.

Formiddable portrait of human characteristics. Lovely, comical and playful. Highly recommended for all those who love to daydream, but never really want to realize their dreams... Especially if there's a cafe with lovely women around the corner...

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10 June 2015 (France) See more »

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