When he first enters the Montpellier Opera House, Victor knows nothing about music. Nor does he know his father, Samuel Rovinski, who is there to conduct Mahler’s 6th Symphony. To change the course of his suddenly uncertain future, for Nadia his mother, for Luna whom he has fallen in love with, Victor has decided to step out of the shadows. He’ll go as far as he needs to.
- Best Young Actor (Romain Paul) - Venice IFF
- Romain Paul
- Clotilde Hesme
- Grégory Gadebois
- Candela Peña
- Tristán Ulloa
- Alix Delaporte
- Claire Mathon
- Louise Decelle
- Evgueni Galperine
- Sacha Galperine
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.
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An intimate drama in which words play second fiddle to situations and images... the meaning of each scene has to come from reading between the lines.
The Last Hammer Blow demonstrates prodigious maturity and tact.
Delaporte’s direction draws out some remarkable performances, particularly from Romain Paul, stubborn, confused, frustrated and trying to cope with more than a 14 year-old is equipped for.
Delaporte deserves plaudits for successfully walking a tightrope over a number of dramatic clichés.
The film’s strength is that it never forces anything, the characters are free to determine their own trajectories.