The Finishers  [2013]
L'epreuve D'une Vie, The Challenge Of A Lifetime
DirectorNils Tavernier
CastFred Epaud, Jacques Gamblin, Alexandra Lamy
Inspired by the remarkable real-life feats of Rick and Dick Hoyt, this sophomore drama from veteran documentarian Nils Tavernier (Aurore) is the powerful story of a father who teams with his wheelchair-bound son to conquer the grueling gauntlet of an Ironman Triathlon.
Julien, 17, 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, Julien challenges him to participate with him in the Ironman race in Nice
(French Riviera), a triathlon in which his father has previously competed.
The screenplay, focuses on a family living in a little village up in the Alps. Paul and Claire have two children: Sophie (22 years old) and Julien (almost 18 years old), who suffers from Cerebral Palsy and who hasn’t been able to walk or talk since he was little. Paul has had trouble coping with his son’s disability and has slowly drifted away from him over the years. Julien goes to the rehabilitation institute several times a week and spends the rest of his time with his family. He is very close to his sister and his best friend Johan, but is sad that his father is so distant and dreams of sharing something big with him. One day, Julien challenges his father to take part in a triathlon with him. They will both have to train hard if they want to succeed. It’s quite a challenge: Paul will have to swim a long distance pulling Julien behind him in a blow-up canoe, then complete a cycling race with Julien in a bucket seat, and finally push his wheelchair over many miles to the finishing line. The challenge may seem impossible, but it will bring father and son together during the long days that they spend training for it up in the mountains.
2013 Screening Schedule
“THE FINISHERS” (2013 feature film directed by Nils Tavernier)
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Runtime1:35 (95min)
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