The Last Hammer Blow

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    The Last Hammer Blow

    Le dernier coup de marteau

    Directed by

    France

    2014

    83 min

    • French
    • Spanish

    Drama

    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.

    Awards

    • Best Young Actor (Romain Paul) - Venice IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Romain Paul
    Clotilde Hesme
    Grégory Gadebois
    Candela Peña
    Tristán Ulloa
    Screenplay
    Alix Delaporte
    Cinematography
    Claire Mathon
    Editing
    Louise Decelle
    Music
    Evgueni Galperine
    Sacha Galperine

    Director's Statement

    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.

    Sales
    PYRAMIDE INTERNATIONAL
    Production
    LIONCEAU FILMS

    Press

    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.

    Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

    The Last Hammer Blow demonstrates prodigious maturity and tact.

    John Bleasdale, CineVue

    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.

    Dan Fainaru, Screen Daily

    Delaporte deserves plaudits for successfully walking a tightrope over a number of dramatic clichés.

    Stephen Mayne, FlickFeast

    The film’s strength is that it never forces anything, the characters are free to determine their own trajectories.

    Bénédicte Prot, Cineuropa

    Alix Delaporte

    Alix Delaporte

    France

    Alix Delaporte was born in 1969 in Chatou, Yvelines, France. She is a writer and director, known for ANGELE & TONY (2010) and THE LAST HAMMER BLOW (2014).