Araluen Arthouse Cinema: The Finishers

Julien (Fabien Héraud) is 17, has a great sense of humour, bags of charm, and is wheelchair-bound due to cerebral palsy.

Despite their love for him, his family is gradually falling apart under the strain of dealing with his disability. In a bid to bond with his father Paul (Jacques Gamblin), Julien challenges him to participate with him in the Ironman race in Nice (French Riviera), a triathlon in which his father has previously competed.

This trial is already exceptional, but it becomes almost impossible if one has to help a disabled youth throughout the course. Beyond the sporting exploit, this is the story of one family’s exemplary combat, and a moving portrait of the love between a father and his son.

The characters are inspired by a true story in this emotionally involving film, with moving performances from a terrific cast, including Alexandra Lamy as Julien’s mother, Claire.

With Rocky-esque training montages and nail-biting sequences in the stunning mountains of Nice (shot at the actual 2012 Ironman competition), director Nils Tavernier turns the conventions of the sports film on its head. You might even be inspired to run yourself after seeing this stirring family story!

(France) Rated PG, English Subtitles
Running Time: 90 minutes

Tickets available from the Araluen Box Office, phone 8951 1122.

Sunday 29 June 2014
Araluen Arts Centre
Reelpix Members: Full - $12.00 Concession - $10.00 / Non Members: Full - $15.00 Concession - $12.00