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OF LOVE AND LIES

by Julien Rappeneau

synopsis

Twelve-year old Theo plays for a local soccer club and has enough talent to eventually go pro. But his father has been on a self-destructive spiral ever since he started drinking and got divorced, and Theo feels powerless and anxious as he watches his dad slowly destroying his own life. But he refuses to give up on him. When a recruiter for a prestigious British club takes notice of him, Theo sees an opportunity to rekindle his father’s hope, but despite all his efforts he is not selected. So he decides to lie and say he was, hoping to make his father happy and proud. Theo’s dad is so overjoyed that he puts all his heart into helping his son prepare for “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” gradually regaining his taste for life and motivation for the future. Until the lie reaches unforeseen proportions and completely spins out of control. Thankfully, Theo’s little lie has already operated big change and generated so much hope, that life is able to get back on track. Only better!

international title: Of Love and Lies
original title: Fourmi
country: France, Belgium
sales agent: TF1 Studio
year: 2019
genre: fiction
directed by: Julien Rappeneau
film run: 105'
release date: FR 4/09/2019, CH 4/09/2019, BE 11/09/2019, ES 4/10/2019
screenplay: Julien Rappeneau
cast: François Damiens, Maleaume Paquin, André Dussollier, Ludivine Sagnier, Laetitia Dosch, Sébastien Chassagne, Didier Brice, Cassiopee Mayance, Pierre Gommé, Ismaël Dramé
cinematography by: Pierre Cottereau
film editing: Stan Collet
art director: Marie Cheminal
costumes designer: Isabelle Pannetier
music: Martin Rappeneau
producer: Michaël Gentile
production: The Film, TF1 Films Production, France 2 Cinéma, Scope Pictures, RTBF - Radio Télévision Belge de la Communauté Française
distributor: Mars Films Distribution, Pathé Films AG, Telescope Film Distribution, M2 Pictures, DeAPlaneta
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