Le Grand Chemin (1987)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Coming-of-Age, Rural Drama  |   Release Date - Jan 22, 1988 (USA)  |   Run Time - 104 min.  |   Countries - France  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Directed by French filmmaker Jean-Loup Hubert, Grand Chemin stars the director's young son Antoine Hubert. The lad plays a sickly eight-year-old who is shipped off to visit his country relatives while his mother has her baby. The boy's subsequent adventures run the gamut from delightful to terrifying, with a little "coming of age" (via a few glimpses of nudity) thrown in. Veteran French character actor Richard Bohringer, best known for his star turn in The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, plays a pivotal role. Grand Chemin was released in the U.S. as Grand Highway.

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child, boredom, charm [personality], childbirth, childhood, childhood-adventures, coming-of-age, country-girl, countryside, death, escapades, family, friendship, funeral, girl, habit [custom], help, husband, innocence, life, lifestyle, love, mother, rabbit, rediscovery, religion, rurality, self-discovery, sex, skin, slice-of-life, son, Summer, terror, toddlers, tomboy, village, boy, English [nationality], France