Wild Life

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    Wild Life

    La Vie sauvage

    Directed by

    • Cedric Kahn

    France

    2014

    114 min

    • French

    Drama

    Philippe Fournier, aka Paco, lives with his 6 and 7 year old sons, having decided not to give them back to their mother after she won custody of the children. As children and then adolescents, Okyesa and Tsali Fournier must live their lives in the shadows, assuming different identities, hunted by the police but always free and on the move. From attics to farmhouses, caravans to communes, they live in harmony with nature and their animals. They live with constant danger and fear, but also with the solidarity and bonds formed with friends met on the road, and the joys of living life off the grid. 11 years spent on the run all across France: a journey that would define their identity.

    Awards

    • Special Jury Prize - San Sebastián IFF
    • The Young Francophone Jury Prize - Transilvania IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Mathieu Kassovitz
    Celine Sallette
    David Gastou
    Sofiane Neveu
    Romain Depret
    Jules Ritmanic
    Jenna Thiam
    Tara-Jay Bangalter
    Amandine Dugas
    Michael Dichter
    Brigitte Sy
    Olivier Granier
    Dominique Bes
    Julien Thiou
    Judith Simon
    Emilia Derou-Bernal
    Screenplay
    Nathalie Najem
    Cedric Kahn
    Cinematography
    Yves Cape
    Editing
    Simon Jacquet
    Sales
    LE PACTE
    Production
    LES FILMS DU LENDEMAIN

    Press

    [The film] shares more in common with bandits-on-the-lam movies like “Badlands” than that custody-battle classic “Kramer vs. Kramer”.

    Peter Debruge, Variety

    Wild Life has smart things to say about what education means.

    Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter

    A sensitive and very well directed feature that accurately, and in an unbiased way, poses the question of whether utopia stands the test of reality.

    Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa