Les cowboys

June 25th, 2016


Les cowboys

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Release Year: 2015

Rating: 6.6/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Thomas Bidegain

Stars: François Damiens, Finnegan Oldfield, Agathe Dronne

When his daughter goes missing from their prairie town east of France, Alain and his young son, Kid, head out to find her. The journey takes the men to some far-off and unsettling places in what begins to feel like an endless quest.

Writers: Laurent Abitbol, Thomas Bidegain, François Damiens, Finnegan Oldfield, Agathe Dronne, François Damiens, Finnegan Oldfield, Agathe Dronne, Ellora Torchia, Antoine Chappey, Maxim Driesen, Jean-Louis Coulloc'h, Gilles Treton, Francis Leplay, Djemel Barek, Mounir Margoum, Leïla Saadali, Laure Calamy, Antoine Régent, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

François Damiens - Alain Balland
Finnegan Oldfield - Georges Balland, dit Kid
Agathe Dronne - Nicole Balland
Ellora Torchia - Shazhana
Antoine Chappey - Charles
Maxim Driesen - Kid (13 ans)
Jean-Louis Coulloc'h - L'Indien
Gilles Treton - Sheriff
Francis Leplay - L'homme du train
Djemel Barek - Le père d'Ahmed
Mounir Margoum - Ahmed
Leïla Saadali - La mère d'Ahmed
Laure Calamy - Isabelle
Antoine Régent - Marc
Antonia Campbell-Hughes - Emma

Country: France

Language: English, French

Release Date: 3 Jan 2015

Filming Locations: Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

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User Review


Rating: 7/10

I caught this movie at the Toronto International Film Fest and quite liked it. It's the kind of movie that sticks with you for a few days after you watch it. I don't think it's meant to be a remake of The Searchers as some reviewers have posited, except in the fact that it follows a families search for their daughter, who has converted to Islam and run away from home.

The plot is a generational epic that follows the story of a French family torn apart in degrees by the departure and search for their daughter. Over the course of the film, the protagonist changes, refreshingly breaking from formulaic Hollywood precedents. The first leg of the film follows the father, who is obsessive and ego- centric in his search for his daughter. The second part of the film follows his son as he picks up the quest and demonstrates that that the sins of the father are not always visited upon the son.

Thematically, the story is built around the idea of contemporary Europe and the Muslim world being a clash of civilizations, much like the cowboys and indians. It is not a classic Western by any stretch, but thematic and aesthetic elements are there to get across the comparison.

All in all, I thought it was a beautiful and ultimately hopeful movie... worth a watch.


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