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The Last Hammer Blow

The Last Hammer Blow

Original Title: Le Dernier coup de marteau
Director: Alix Delaporte
France | French, Spanish
2014 | 83min.
Subtitles: Arabic, English
Format: DCP
Theme: A
12+
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.

Director,  Alix Delaporte

Director,  Alix Delaporte

Alix Delaporte and was born in 1969 at Chatou, France. She first worked as a reporter and photographer before directing a documentary on the footballer Zinedine Zidane. In 2006, she won the Golden Lion for the Best Short Film How You Break Downhill at the 2006 Venice Film Festival. Her debut feature, Angel and Tony, about a penniless but beautiful woman and a fisherman, screened at the 2010 Venice Critics’ Week. The movie received two Césars in France for actors Grégory Gadebois and Clotilde Hesme.

Cast and Crew

Director
Alix Delaporte
Cast
Clotilde Hesme, Gregory Gadebois, Romain Paul, Candel Pena, Tristan Ulloa, Farida Rahouadj
Production Company
Lionceau Films
Sales Contact
Pyramide International
Music
Evgueni Galperine, Sacha Galperine
Producer
Héléne Cases
Screenwriter
Alix Delaporte, Alain Le Henry
Editor
Louise Decelle
Cinematographer
Claire Mathon
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