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Roads (2019)

Two lost teenage boys, from Congo and Britain, meet in Morocco and take a road trip in a stolen RV to France, encountering poverty and refugees on the way.

Director:

Sebastian Schipper

Writers:

Sebastian Schipper (screenplay), Oliver Ziegenbalg (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Fionn Whitehead ... Gyllen
Stéphane Bak ... William
Ben Chaplin ... Paul
Moritz Bleibtreu ... Luttger
Marie Burchard ... Valerie
Paul Brannigan ... Alan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Josep Maria Alejandre ... Doorman
Ricard Balada ... Erasmus student
Noé Blancafort Noé Blancafort ... Customs police
Yann Ebonge Yann Ebonge ... Congolese man 2
Jasmina García ... Erasmus Student
Kris Hunter
Hamza Kadri Hamza Kadri ... Businessman
Genís Lama Montosa Genís Lama Montosa ... Ferry Guy
Christian Mupondo Christian Mupondo ... Congolese man 1
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Storyline

A young man from the Congo in search of his brother attempts to cross Europe's borders. In Morocco, he teams up with a sharp-witted British runaway who pinched his stepfather's recreational vehicle in order to escape from a family holiday. On their journey, the disparate duo have to make decisions that will also influence the lives of others.

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Adventure | Drama

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Country:

Germany | France

Language:

English | Spanish | French | German | Lingala | Arabic

Release Date:

30 May 2019 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Roads See more »

Filming Locations:

Tangier, Morocco See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,108
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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A very slow burning self realisation road trip, best avoided.
10 December 2019 | by SlightlyMeSee all my reviews

I started looking at my watch about a 3rd of the way through. Mostly this film is slow, bleak and dark. There's sparse humor, there's drama, there are some delicate moments but mostly lots of the monotony of travelling peppered with forgettable micro adventures and dialogue that is slow and dull, and so much of it. Lots of dark night time scenes. The character Fionn Whitehead plays (Gyllen) is hard to believe, troubled and irrationally irrational, topped by the performance of Stéphane Bak (William). A redeeming factor is the perspective of the immigrant poverty and hardships in the north of france. I'd say avoid.


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