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Les cowboys (2015)

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When his daughter goes missing from their prairie town east of France, Alain and his young son, Kid, head out to find her. The journey takes the men to some far-off and unsettling places in what begins to feel like an endless quest.

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Thomas Bidegain

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Laurent Abitbol (original idea), Thomas Bidegain (original idea) | 2 more credits »
3 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
François Damiens ... Alain Balland
Finnegan Oldfield ... Georges Balland, dit Kid
Agathe Dronne Agathe Dronne ... Nicole Balland
Ellora Torchia ... Shazhana
Antoine Chappey Antoine Chappey ... Charles
Maxim Driesen Maxim Driesen ... Kid (13 ans)
Jean-Louis Coulloc'h ... L'Indien
Gilles Treton Gilles Treton ... Sheriff
Francis Leplay ... L'homme du train
Djemel Barek Djemel Barek ... Le père d'Ahmed
Mounir Margoum ... Ahmed
Leïla Saadali Leïla Saadali ... La mère d'Ahmed
Laure Calamy Laure Calamy ... Isabelle
Antoine Régent Antoine Régent ... Marc
Iliana Zabeth ... Kelly Balland
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When his daughter goes missing from their prairie town east of France, Alain and his young son, Kid, head out to find her. The journey takes the men to some far-off and unsettling places in what begins to feel like an endless quest.

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Drama

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Rated R for a brief violent image and a scene of drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

English | French | Urdu

Release Date:

25 November 2015 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Les Cowboys See more »

Filming Locations:

Udaipur, Rajasthan, India See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,283, 26 June 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$73,725, 17 July 2016
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2.35 : 1
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François Damiens plays a character very close to the one he had a couple of years earlier, in Gare Du Nord, where he also played a character searching for his wayward daughter. See more »

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Kid watches a news report of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. The reporter says that the Department of Homeland Security is in a panic because of the attack. The Department of Homeland Security did not exist on 9/11. It's creation did not take place until November 25, 2002, a little more than a year after the attacks. See more »

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Remake of The Searchers (1956) See more »

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Tennessee Waltz
Lyrics by Redd Stewart
Music by Pee Wee King
Performed by François Damiens & Caroline Attal
(p) 2014 Les Productions du Tresor
© 1946 Acuff Rose Music Inc, administre par Chester Music Ltd
pour les territoires du British Commonwealth, de l'Europe continentale, Irlande et Afrique du Sud / Sony ATV Acuff Rose Music Inc.
Avec l'autorisation d'Universal Music Vision, de Campbel Connelly France et de Sony ATV Music Publishing France. Tous droits reserves.
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21 January 2017 | by dansviewSee all my reviews

I loved the picture. Especially the idea of French people having American Country Western cookouts in the French countryside. Does that really happen? Or was the western thing supposed to be consistent with The Searchers, the movie people here say this movie took after? Anyways, since the movie is about people's 15 year search for a daughter/sister, I would have liked to see some scenes showing what she was like at home, or why they cherished her, beyond blood. Instead we never hear a single word from her.

We do see the dad dancing with her, and apparently adoring her by the way he looks at her. But then the search isn't necessarily about love. When something or someone of yours goes missing or is taken, you want it back. There is pride involved.

In the case of the brother, it may have involved his need to carry on his dad's search. Maybe he was honoring his dad, more than trying to find a sister that didn't even want to be found.

Either way, it all wound up pointless, without spoiling anything. Perhaps that was what was so French about it. The existential conclusion.

I think they threw in the American actor to attract American viewers. It probably worked, although I don't think this thing made money. The photography is beautiful, the performances are right on target, and the political aspect is barely touched upon.

Perhaps the girl did what she did out of love, or the need for an identity. We will never know, because we didn't see enough about her home life. Although clearly her parents were loving and responsible people.

The performances of the dad and brother kept me in this. I felt their anxiety and was rooting for them. The grittiness was just enough without going over the top.


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