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Head Above Water (2018)

Marche ou crève (original title)
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Elisa, a passionate teenager, wants to enjoy the summer on the slopes of the Vercors where she grew up. Her mother leaves her alone with her father and disabled sister, and the increasing responsibility sees her love turned into hatred.

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Margaux Bonhomme

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Margaux Bonhomme (adaptation), Margaux Bonhomme | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Rouxel ... Elisa
Cédric Kahn ... François
Jeanne Cohendy Jeanne Cohendy ... Manon
Pablo Pauly ... Sacha
Agathe Dronne Agathe Dronne ... Sylvia
Clémentine Allain Clémentine Allain ... Nora
Grégoire Monsaingeon Grégoire Monsaingeon ... Luc
Etienne Diallo Etienne Diallo ... Chauffeur Manon
Pascal Carré Pascal Carré ... Jean
Mélanie Baxter-Jones Mélanie Baxter-Jones ... L'aide à domicile
Smadi Wolfman ... Lydia
Max Harter Wolfman Max Harter Wolfman ... Le fils de Luc et Lydia
Mohamed Brikat Mohamed Brikat ... Educateur Manon
Yoli Fuller ... L'aide-soignant
Mehdi Bentria Mehdi Bentria ... Ouvrier
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Elisa, a passionate teenager, wants to enjoy the summer on the slopes of the Vercors where she grew up. Her mother leaves her alone with her father and disabled sister, and the increasing responsibility sees her love turned into hatred.

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Long hard climb.
27 December 2019 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Like a bolt from the blue "feel good " cinema scene .

Based on her own true story,Margaux Bonhomme did not choose the easy way out.Warts and all best depicts her movie which might be unbearable for some viewers ;the reviews were mixed in France where the director was accused of giving a clumsy self-pitying rendition of her hard years;It was proved wrong when both thespians were awarded prizes for best actresses.

Diane Rouxel is actually sober in her portrayal of a girl who sacrifices her studies and her own time to her multi -disabled sister Manon;her commitment to her sibling is extraordinary ,recalling sometimes Anne Bancroft's admirable performance in " miracle worker" ;she really puts her heart and soul into it. The same goes for Jeanne Cohendy's playing which is so realistic that I thought they had hired a real disabled person : like a dislocated puppet, moaning, whining,squealing all through the movie, her performance is so intense that the viewer feels sometimes like putting his fingers in his ears .It takes a lot of guts to hold such a thankless part.

Good support by Cedric Kahn as the devoted father who explains how to deal with the unfortunate Manon to the dull -witted helper who ties the poor girl to her chair .The mother ,on the other hand ,seems selfish and does not seem to care anymore :her best wish is to get rid of this "real nuisance " by putting her in a center for disabled persons.

Moments of happiness are few and far between : bathing in the river (but where the sisters almost get drowned) ; the parade when one of the musicians invites Manon to dance to the music (but which makes the last picture even more bitter and depressing).

Filmed in the mountain,with a great economy of means , "Marche Ou Crève" (=do or die) ,is a gut-wrenching performance.


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5 December 2018 (France) See more »

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Presles, Isère, France See more »

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