Raindance Film Festival 2019 Review – Coureur

Coureur, 2019.

Directed by Kenneth Mercken

Starring Niels Willaerts, Koen De Graeve, Karlijn Sileghem, Fortunato Cerlino, Günther Lesage, Vladislav Prigunov, Anton Petrov, Nicola Rignanese


A young boy grows up idolising his cyclist father, and then follows in his footsteps by pushing his body and the laws to the limit in order to achieve greatness in the sport.

Cycling is something of a niche spectator sport, so outside of Tron’s futuristic grid racing, and uninspiring Lance Armstrong biopic The Program, it’s no surprise that it hasn’t translated onto the big-screen. In fact, it only really bleeds into the public consciousness when the Olympics roll around, or if another doping scandal further diminishes its appeal and credibility.

Kenneth Mercken has taken those two elements – aiming to reach the pinnacle of the sport, and those who’ll manipulate their body in order to do so – and woven them into a
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