JAPPELOUP L'ÉTOFFE D'UN CHAMPION / JAPPELOUP
2012, Colour, France, Canada, World Competition (full length movies)
Original language : french
Subtitles language : english
Guillaume Canet, Marina Hands, Daniel Auteuil, Lou de Laâge, Tchéky Karyo, Jacques Higelin, Marie Bunel, Joël Dupuch
Film production and Sales :
Ludi Boeken, Romain Legrand, Pascal Judelwicz, Christian Duguay, Frédérique Dumas, Geneviève Lemay, Acajou Films, 9, rue des Trois Bornes, 75011 Paris (France), firstname.lastname@example.org Distributeur canadien/Canadian Distributor: Les Films Séville, 400, boul. De Maisonneuve Ouest, suite 1120, Montréal, QC H3A 1L4, email@example.com
At the start of the 1980s, Pierre Durand abandons a promising legal career and throws himself into his true passion, showjumping. With his father's backing, he gambles everything on a young horse in whom no one else had any faith: Jappeloup. Too small, too stubborn, too impetuous, he has many faults, but also a remarkable jumping ability. From competition to competition, the pair improve and begin to make their mark on the showjumping world. But the Los Angeles Olympic Games are a disaster for them, and Pierre has to face up to their shortcomings. With the help of his wife Nadia and groom Raphaëlle, Pierre regains Jappeloup's confidence and builds a rider-horse relationship that's needed for victory. The 1988 Olympics are coming up in Seoul...
"Like his on-screen counterpart, (Guillaume) Canet’s family were horse breeders, and he trained as a show jumper before he gravitated toward acting. Yes, that’s Canet performing the stunts in the many jumping sequences. He also wrote the screenplay... The drama really takes off during the competitions... Even if you’re not an equestrian, this is a knuckle-biter." -- Kent Turner (Film-Forward)
Born in Montreal in 1957, Christian Duguay demonstrated his directing talent in the late 1980s and early 1990s in such TV series as Crossbow, The Hitchhiker and The Hidden Room, and the TV films SCANNERS II and III (1991). His direction of LIVE WIRE (1992), SCREAMERS (1995) and THE ASSIGNMENT (1997) confirmed his reputation for action, suspense and thrills. Among his subsequent films: THE ART OF WAR (2000), EXTREME OPS (2002), LIES MY MOTHER TOLD ME (2005), COCO CHANEL (2008) and BOOT CAMP (2008).
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