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The Ideal Palace (2018)

L'incroyable histoire du facteur Cheval (original title)
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Cheval is a postman who travels every day along the Drôme. He meets the woman of his life, Philomena and from their union Alice was born. He then throws himself into a crazy gamble: to build her with his own hands, an incredible palace.

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Nils Tavernier

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Laurent Bertoni (screenplay), Fanny Desmares (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacques Gamblin ... Le facteur Joseph-Ferdinand Cheval
Laetitia Casta ... Philomène Cheval
Florence Thomassin Florence Thomassin ... Félicienne
Bernard Le Coq Bernard Le Coq ... Auguste
Natacha Lindinger ... Garance
Zelie Rixhon Zelie Rixhon ... Alice Cheval
Eric Savin ... Joseph Cadier
Louka Petit Taborelli Louka Petit Taborelli ... Cyrille Cheval
Aurélien Wiik ... Benjamin Lecoeur
Julien Personnaz Julien Personnaz ... Louis Charvat - le photographe
Lilly Rose Debos ... Alice Cheval à 12 ans
Delphine Lacheteau Delphine Lacheteau ... L'autre Alice Cheval à 22 ans
Lise Tavernier Lise Tavernier ... Petite danseuse
Milo Mazé Milo Mazé ... Cyrille Cheval à 7 ans
Barthélémy Baccara Fechner Barthélémy Baccara Fechner ... Garçon village
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At the end of the 19th century, Joseph Ferdinand Cheval (Jacques Gamblin), is a simple postman who travels every day along the Drôme, from village to village. Alone, he is upset when he meets the woman of his life, Philomena (Laetitia Casta). From their union Alice was born. For this child he loves more than anything, Cheval then throws himself into a crazy gamble: to build her with his own hands, an incredible palace. Never spared by the ordeals of life, this ordinary man will not give up and will devote 33 years to build an extraordinary work: "The Ideal Palace". Written by Fechner Films

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Award: Best Actor Award to Jacques Gamblin at the Sarlat Film Festival. See more »

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Au Fil de l'eau
Composed and played on the accordion by Marc Perrone.
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A Labour of Love
15 December 2019 | by jeschneidSee all my reviews

The persistence of a man who keeps his feelings mainly to himself, to build a palace mainly from stones in the countryside, guided by pictures on postcards he delivered on his daily 32 km round through beautiful countryside, is awesome. The project took 33 years whilst still doing his postman's duties by foot. The palace still stands today in Hauterives, France.


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Language:

French

Release Date:

16 January 2019 (France) See more »

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Drôme, France See more »

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$6,067,463
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