Primary school teacher Antoinette (Laure Calamy, Sibyl) is elated about her upcoming vacation with her married lover, Vladimir, but life quickly intervenes: he cancels on her to take a hiking trip with his wife and young daughter, who’s one of Antoinette’s pupils. Fueled by impulse, Antoinette heads to the same mountainous region of Cévennes National Park with an itinerary inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes. On her spur-of-the-moment mission, she forges quick bonds with an idealistic innkeeper (Marie Rivière, Rohmer’s The Green Ray) and Patrick, the cantankerous donkey she’s rented to help her up the mountain. In this Cannes 2020 selection, Caroline Vignal embraces the long and winding path over the final destination with much heart and humor. Nominated for seven César Awards including Best Film, Best Actress, and Best Original Screenplay.
Featuring a pre-recorded Q&A with Director, Caroline Vignal
Directed by: Caroline Vignal
Belgium, France 2020 | 97 min.
Premiere: Return Engagement
Languages: French with English subtitles
Screenplay: Caroline Vignal
Cast: Laure Calamy, Benjamin Lavernhe, Olivia Côte
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