Okay, it's the guy's first movie as a director so let's cut him some slack. He's written six including the popular Camping, which just happened to star Gerard Lanvin so it's worth a supposition that the two men hit it off and Lanvin agreed to lend his name - which is considerable in France, though not perhaps as much here, which is a pity as he really is a fine actor - to Gullard's directing debut. This is commonplace in France, notably in the case of Costa-Gavros whose first directing job Compartiment tuers got a terrific boost when both Simone Signoret and Yves Montand agreed to appear in it, and whilst I'm not suggesting for one moment that Gullard is another Costa-Gavros he has made a decent, feel-good movie which is well acted and certainly entertains though it does, of course, remain to be seen how well he follows it up.
Grandson of a rugby legend, son of a rugby legend and himself a rugby legend, Jo Canavaro brings up his 13 year old son, Tom, alone in a small village in the Tarn region of France. To the great shame of Jo, Tom is as excellent at maths as he is useless on the field. For a Canavaro, the legend can't stop here. He is prepared to create a rugby team for Tom against the will of the entire village and Tom himself.
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