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95 minutes · 2014

Drama
Olivier Gourmet, a favorite of Belgian filmmakers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne (The Son, The Promise), stars as a middle-aged retail manager trying to cope with unemployment, his wife's defection, and the tennis dreams of their 11-year-old son. Doggedly pursuing a new career, the father signals to the boy that winning is everything, a message the kid's tennis instructor coldly reinforces. Director Stéphane Demoustier sets this 2014 domestic drama in his hometown of Lille, a historic French textile center, and it bustles with energy. But Valeria Bruni Tedeschi is a cipher as the wife, ceding the field early to Gourmet as the flailing husband and heart-breaker Charles Merienne as the ambitious son, In French with subtitles.

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