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The Racer (2020)

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It follows a rider who, after being dropped from the team, is reinstated following a doping error.

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Kieron J. Walsh
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Louis Talpe ... Dominique Chabol
Matteo Simoni ... Lupo 'Tartare' Marino
Tara Lee ... Dr. Lynn Brennan
Iain Glen ... 'Sonny' McElhone
Karel Roden ... Viking
Timo Wagner ... Stefano Drago
Sarah Carroll ... Stewardess
Diogo Cid Diogo Cid ... Enzo
Ward Kerremans Ward Kerremans ... Lionel Dardonne
Paul Robert ... Erik Schultz
Anthony Mairs Anthony Mairs ... Tony
Eoin Byrne Eoin Byrne ... The Kid
Ozan Saygi Ozan Saygi ... Yilmaz
Sebastian Collet Sebastian Collet ... Karlson
Charles Sobry Charles Sobry ... Kiwi
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Summer 1998 - the opening stages of Le Tour de France are relocated to Ireland. Belgian rider Dom Chabol (late 30s) has been one of the best "Domestiques" (support riders) on the Tour for the last 20 years. It's a sacrificial role - setting pace, blocking wind, and providing support to enable the team's sprinter to victory - winning is not an option. But Dom secretly harbours a desire to wear the yellow jersey - just once before his career is over. At the start of what will likely be his last Tour, Dom is unceremoniously dropped from the Team he has dedicated his life to. His best mate Sonny, the team masseur, fails to reassure him about his future. But a chance liaison with Lynn, a young Irish doctor, softens the blow, and Dom starts to accept - and even enjoy - the idea of civilian life. But as he gears up to go home and to face his estranged sister, a massive doping error knocks another teammate off the Tour and Dom is thrown back in the saddle. Written by Kieron J. Walsh

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

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The Racer was due to have its world premiere at SXSW 2020 in the Narritive Spotlight section. However the entire festival was canceled due to fears about Covid 19. See more »

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As if you were watching the Tour de France with extras in the cinema.
22 October 2020 | by movieman6-413-929510See all my reviews

The Racer is a new sports drama directed, written and produced in part by Kieron J. Walsh, the director of Jump.

The film is set in the summer of 1998 during the Tour de France, which takes place in Ireland that year. The Belgian cyclist Dominique Chabol (Louis Talpe) is at the end of his sports career, but secretly hopes to be able to wear the yellow jersey. When Dominique offers less good speed records, he is kicked out of his team. Thus he loses hope of making his dream come true and prepares to leave his sports career behind. When another member of his old team is disqualified due to a doping error, Dominique gets his last chance to make his dream come true.

This film comes across as if you are looking at real images of the Tour de France with additional images of how the cyclists prepare for their races. The film is so entertaining and informative for cycling fans. You get a good view of what heavy things cyclists do to have a chance of winning a cycling race. In this way you also see how false it is when other cyclists use doping to win their races in an unfair way.

A downside of this film is that you mainly follow the main character when he is kicked out of his cycling team, looking for a new way of life. He tries to improve his family life and to start a relationship with the doctor who cared for him. When he is allowed to return to his team towards the end of the film, he seems to be occupied with his own sports career and dreams again. The time you, as a viewer, spend after his sports career together with the main character, then appears somewhat aimless.

The acting is well done by the cast. Louis Talpe comes across well as a cyclist who chooses his career. It's just a shame that his character comes across a bit too selfish when he is allowed to return to his team. The rest of the cast gets a chance to shine as they help the main character with his life after his career. If he does choose his career again in the end, the time you spent with the rest of the cast also seems a bit unnecessary.


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18 September 2020 (USA) See more »

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