The Last Hammer Blow
Filmfest 2015

German Age Rating

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Victor lives in a community of trailers and huts on the seaside with his mother Nadia. He decides to seek out his long-absent father, conductor Samuel Rovinski. Samuel has recently arrived to rehearse Mahler's Sixth Symphony with the local orchestra and is completely unaware of Victor's existence. His initial hostility turns to an awkward kind of tenderness, and − possibly − love.

"In my films, there aren't many words. That isn't a goal I set myself, it just happens that way. It's not a matter of silence but rather of a virgin terrain. Just like Victor on the verge of turning 14. With him, I wanted to feel the absence of a father and the fear of losing a mother. To discover classical music with him and immerse him in an orchestra in the midst of rehearsals. And what mattered to me most of all was bringing this boy to experience his first artistic emotion."
Alix Delaporte

tags: Family, Francophone, Youth/Coming of Age, Motherhood, Feature film

Cast: Romain Paul, Clotilde Hesme, Grégory Gadebois, Farida Rahouadj, Candela Peña


Screenplay: Alix Delaporte, Alain Le Henry

Director of Photography: Claire Mathon

Film Editor: Louise Decelle

Composer: Evgueni Galperine, Sacha Galperine

Production Designer: Hélène Ustaze

Costume Design: Dorothée Guiraud

Sound: Pierre Tucat, Arnaud Rolland, Eric Tisserand

Producer: Hélène Cases

Production Company: Lionceau Films

Co-Production Company: France 2 Cinéma

World Sales: Pyramide International

Director: Alix Delaporte