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Based on a French-Canadian novel by Claude Jasmin, this 2000 Belgian film concerns a family whose father and mother have drifted apart. The mother wants to return to her native Pyrenees, where people look out for each other, and after the father learns that the suspected murderer of their eldest daughter might be living there the couple pack their four children into an old van and set off. The strongest element of this road movie is Dirk Roofthooft's broad portrayal of the volatile and ridiculously macho father, by his own admission an “unemployed bum,” who blusters unfeelingly at a family that loves him anyway. Unfortunately, his gradual softening seems more sitcom syrup than credible self-awareness, and Alain de Halleux, a still photographer directing his first feature film, fails to assemble the postcard shots into a dynamic drama. 98 min.

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