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Les Cowboys (2015)

Les cowboys (original title)
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When his daughter goes missing from their prairie town east of France, Alain and his young son, Kid, head out to find her. The journey takes the men to some far-off and unsettling places in what begins to feel like an endless quest.

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Thomas Bidegain

Writers:

Laurent Abitbol (original idea), Thomas Bidegain (original idea) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
François Damiens ... Alain Balland
Finnegan Oldfield ... Georges Balland, dit Kid
Agathe Dronne Agathe Dronne ... Nicole Balland
Ellora Torchia ... Shazhana
Antoine Chappey Antoine Chappey ... Charles
Maxim Driesen Maxim Driesen ... Kid (13 ans)
Jean-Louis Coulloc'h ... L'Indien
Gilles Treton Gilles Treton ... Sheriff
Francis Leplay ... L'homme du train
Djemel Barek Djemel Barek ... Le père d'Ahmed
Mounir Margoum ... Ahmed
Leïla Saadali Leïla Saadali ... La mère d'Ahmed
Laure Calamy Laure Calamy ... Isabelle
Antoine Régent Antoine Régent ... Marc
Iliana Zabeth ... Kelly Balland
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Storyline

Right under everyone's noses, Kelly--the sixteen-year-old daughter of the devoted father and aspiring country singer, Alain--vanishes into thin air, during a mid-1990s cowboy fair. Convinced that his girl is kidnapped and that her incomprehensible disappearance is somehow connected to her newly discovered Muslim boyfriend, a furious and desperate Alain sets out on a long journey into the unknown to find missing Kelly, following a menacing trail of breadcrumbs from Antwerp to Yemen and Pakistan. Against the backdrop of the devastating September 11 attacks, Alain and his son, Georges, find themselves always one step behind, as fierce hatred turns into destructive obsession. A father and a brother want their Kelly back; however, is the young woman they seek, the woman they lost? Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines:

One father's obsession to find his daughter.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a brief violent image and a scene of drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

English | French | Urdu

Release Date:

25 November 2015 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Les Cowboys See more »

Filming Locations:

Udaipur, Rajasthan, India See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,178, 26 June 2016

Gross USA:

$73,725

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,302,493
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

François Damiens plays a character very close to the one he had a couple of years earlier, in Gare Du Nord, where he also played a character searching for his wayward daughter. See more »

Goofs

Kid watches a news report of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. The reporter says that the Department of Homeland Security is in a panic because of the attack. The Department of Homeland Security did not exist on 9/11. It's creation did not take place until November 25, 2002, a little more than a year after the attacks. See more »

Connections

Remake of The Searchers (1956) See more »

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Boring and unnecessary
6 June 2015 | by roland-wirtzSee all my reviews

What a mess of a film!

The only best part was when it finally ended. Les Cowboys is another unnecessary remake (or reboot or whatever they are called these days). Did the director really think he could top John Ford's The Searchers in terms of storytelling and direction? Why would someone do a remake otherwise? Well, no surprise, John Ford's boots are way too big for Thomas Bidegain.

There's a certain arrogance in Les Cowboys that really rubbed me the wrong way. Watching this film felt like watching a 10 year old basketball player trying to keep up with NBA's Dream Team because he's convinced that he's better than all of them. Bidegain (a first time director) thought he had what it takes to tell a story like The Searchers. The fact that he thought he could is actually pretty bold and arrogant. And I can say the same thing about its writer, Noe Debre.

Well, as John Wayne would've said: Back to the drawing board, pilgrims!


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