The Last Hammer Blow
The Last Hammer BlowOriginal Title: Le Dernier coup de marteau
Director: Alix Delaporte
France | French, Spanish
Subtitles: Arabic, English
The much awaited second film from the director of Angel and Tony is a very touching story brimming with meaning not loudly expressed but conveyed instead through gazes and gestures. “I have tried to replace words with movements,' said the director.
Victor (Romain Paul, 13), lives in a community of trailers and huts on the seaside with his single mother, Nadia (Clotilde Hesme), who is seriously ill. Probably afraid of not being able to take care of her son for much longer, Nadia decides to take advantage of the fact that Victor’s father, the famed conductor Samuel Rovinski (Grégory Gadebois), is in town to reveal to him that he has a son. Baffled by the news, Samuel is less than welcoming when Victor approaches him. But Victor does not give up, and the initial hostility soon turns to awkward tenderness, possibly love. Love, tenderness and hope are the heart of the film. The boundless tenderness between mother and son, the growing love between father and son, the courage that defies death, the hope that builds a future.
Hesme, as a courageus mother who tries to protect her son from her own possible death and Gadebois, as a man who slowly opens his soul to fatherhood, deliver great, subtly nuanced performances, but it is the newcomer Romain Paul that steals the show with his intense, mesmerizing presence.