Le Grand Voyage (2004) (France/Morocco)

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Le Grand Voyage (2004) (France/Morocco)

Postby hengcs » Sat Jan 28, 2006 7:01 am

Director: Ismal Ferroukhi
Cast: Nicolas Cazal, Mohamed Majd

At the Venice Film Festival 2004, it won the Best First Feature Film award .

The official website

My thoughts ...
-- most commendable is how well the film conveys the relationship between the son and the father ... so believable and yet, complex (i.e., what human beings are really like) ... there is so much tension and disagreement between the two ... BUT also, so much love and feelings for each other ... the cast carried their roles well ...
-- despite the film being about a roadtrip from France to Mecca, be assured that it is not at all boring ... "interesting" events do happen (credibly) and the audience is made to feel along ... in the end, everyone learned something ... the son ... the father ... and definitely the audience!

Recommended, esp. if you like films that describe human relationships very well.

Re: Le Grand Voyage (2004) (France/Morocco)

Postby trevor826 » Sat Nov 18, 2006 10:49 am

A sublime experience and one that illustrates several factors very well:

The generation gap in general.

The difference in religious and moral beliefs between an immigrant and his offspring who was born and raised in a multi-religious society.

Despite the fact that they start off on this epic journey not really knowing or understanding much about each other, there is a huge amount of respect particularly from the son towards his father, there are many times where he keeps quiet rather than starting a blazing row, in turn the father who at first appears very rigid in his views shows a great deal of tolerance towards his son.

It also shows that older people don't always know best, the father makes a huge error of judgement but the son stays quiet and good natured about it.

The love between father and son which really shines through at the end.

There are a couple of fantastical elements to the tale, some of which totally eluded any understanding (from myself) and a couple of dream sequences which were far easier to decipher.

Very different in tone to my expectations and one that should go down very well with most audiences.

Cheers Trev

R2 dvd released by Parasol Peccadillo who are better known for being specialists within the gay/lesbian market.

A good range of extras are included as including interviews etc.

Re: Le Grand Voyage (2004) (France/Morocco)

Postby hengcs » Mon Nov 20, 2006 1:46 am


glad that u like the film

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