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Taking off (Grand Départ)


Taking off (Grand Départ)

Review score: * * * * *

cast: Pio Marmaï, Jérémie Elkaïm, Eddy Mitchell

year: 2013

colour: yes

certificate: 15

director: Nicolas Mercier

runtime: 83

Now that he is approaching the age of 30, Romain has decided it’s time to re-evaluate himself. For too long he has watched his life drift by without acting on his true feelings.

Struggling to cope with an overbearing, manic-depressive brother and a father with a worrying neurodegenerative disease, Romain has always done what is expected of him without complaining. Ironically by being such a dutiful son and brother, he has become the black sheep of the family.

Romain is played with just the right level of buttoned-up but good-hearted frustration by Pio Marmaï, with the well known French singer and actor Eddy Mitchell as the unstable father and Jérémie Elkaïm as the non-conformist brother.

The inspiration for the film was the real-life experience of director Nicolas Mercier, who witnessed his younger brother reconnect with his ailing father. 


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