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Aro Recommended Big Hit, The


aka: Un Triomphe
France 2021, 107 minutes
Dir. Emmanuel Courcol
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Drama / Performing Arts, Prison


“Just as entertaining as it is touching, taking us on an enjoyable ride that stays focused on the group itself, whose moving performances make this a play worth watching.”~Seth Eelen, Into:Screens

Aroview: Inspired by remarkable true events, this French Film Festival favourite follows a dedicated out-of-work actor (indelibly played by the fabulous Kad Merad) whose career and life prospects unexpectedly change.

Merad plays a disillusioned and divorced middle-aged thespian who accepts an arts rehabilitation role, leading a theatre workshop group at a correctional facility, under the watchful eye of open-minded but cautious warden. His program attracts a motley group, whose raw talent he unearths inspires him to workshop Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot”. To the surprise of many, the play’s existential themes prove to be a natural fit for the inmates, and the connection between the cast and their director grows stronger. Inscribed with intelligence and humour, it’s a deeply empathetic celebration of camaraderie, faith in others (and oneself), and the liberating power of art.

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