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Headwinds (2011)

Des vents contraires (original title)
Sarah tells Paul that she wants out of their marriage; the next day she disappears. A year later and Paul along with their children return to his childhood town to start anew after the loss of his wife and their mother.

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Jalil Lespert

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Olivier Adam (novel), Olivier Adam (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Benoît Magimel ... Paul Anderen
Isabelle Carré ... Josée Combe
Antoine Duléry ... Alex Anderen
Ramzy Bedia ... Samir (Le déménageur)
Bouli Lanners ... Monsieur Bréhel
Marie-Ange Casta Marie-Ange Casta ... Justine Leblanc
Audrey Tautou ... Sarah Anderen
Daniel Duval ... Xavier, l'éditeur
Lubna Azabal ... La mère de Yamine
Aurore Clément ... Madame Pierson
Hugo Fernandes Hugo Fernandes ... Clément Anderen
Cassiopée Mayance Cassiopée Mayance ... Manon Anderen
Nicolas Briançon ... Commissaire Galland
Mélanie Leray Mélanie Leray ... Laure Anderen
Azzedine Bouabba Azzedine Bouabba ... Yamine Mohand
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Sarah tells Paul that she wants out of their marriage; the next day she disappears. A year later and Paul along with their children return to his childhood town to start anew after the loss of his wife and their mother.

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Drama | Mystery

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Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

14 December 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Contra el viento See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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$1,957,683
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1.85 : 1
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Actor/director Jalil Lespert depicts the tough life of a man who raises his children alone.
5 October 2013 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

For most directors a first film is a major event of their artistic lives. It can make or break many a career. French actor/director Jalil Lespert was not so lucky as a director when his first film '24 Mesures' turned out to be a colossal commercial as well as critical failure. It was so unpopular that not many viewers bothered even to think about it. It is nice to learn that he has not repeated old mistakes of the past in his latest film "Des Vents Contraires" which reveals itself as a more mature work. It concerns the impact which a married woman's disappearance has on her husband and children. Being an actor himself,Jalil Lespert has revealed himself as an actor's director by showing remarkable maturity especially in the manner he has handled leading actors. Apart from its insistence on an inquiry, two minor themes have been covered namely brother-brother relationship and getting used to life in a new surrounding. As an actor playing the part of a single father who is forced to look after his children Benoît Magimel is brilliant. He conveys the genuine angst of the person whose life is turned upside down when his wife disappears. His performance enable viewers to ascertain how and why things go wrong in a relationship to such a large extent that a partner is compelled to leave the household ?


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