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Directed by Laurent Truel

2013, in French with English subtitles


98 minutes



La grande boucle

Tour de Force

Workaholic François (Clovis Cornillac) finds his longstanding plans to go on vacation with his wife and teenage son disrupted when he unexpectedly gets fired. His family leaves on the trip without him, and he is initially despondent, but then reconnects with his life-long dream to ride in the Tour de France. Out of practice but determined, this everyman takes off on the course, riding one day ahead of the professional cyclists. Gaining confidence along the way, François becomes a folk hero and a national media sensation. Full of colorful characters – including actor/director Bouli Lanners as his trainer – this road movie travels the entire route of “la grande boucle,” offering inspiring insights into the annual event that is so beloved by the French.