Les Cowboys

A vast prairie, a country & western gathering somewhere in the east of France. Alain is a central figure in this community. At one of the aforementioned cowboy fairs, he is dancing with his 16-year-old daughter, not realizing that this will be their last waltz. By the end of the evening, she will have vanished without explanation. Alain embarks on a relentless search for his daughter, even though it costs him everything and takes him to some far-off places. Dark, unsettling places, where his sole support is Kid, who sacrifices his youth to accompany his father on this seemingly endless quest.

“What ignites someone to abandon her family and root out all traces of her culture and society? That question pulses through Thomas Bidegain’s slow-burning homage to The Searchers by John Ford. Bidegain and cinematographer Arnaud Potier speak multitudes with wide-angle, slow-panning shots that immerse us in a post-9/11 quagmire that’s never less than utterly personal.”

Christopher Kompanek

France
104'
2015

Director
Thomas Bidegain

Script
Noé Debré
Thomas Bidegain

Cinematography
Arnaud Potier

Editing
Géraldine Mangenot

Production
Les Productions du Trésor (Alain Attal)

Cast
Agathe Dronne
Antoine Chappey
Ellora Torchia
Finnegan Oldfield
François Damiens
Maxim Driesen

Awards
Deauville Film Festival - Michel d'Ornano Prize
Helsinki Film Festival - Audience Award

Festivals
22nd Festival on Wheels
Dünya Sineması-2016