Stolen Holidays (Les Petites Vacances)
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Stolen Holidays (Les Petites Vacances)
Director Olivier Peyron's French-language drama Les Petites vacances (AKA Stolen Holidays, 2006) observes the bizarre consequences that follow an eccentric and emotionally disturbed grandmother's decision to kidnap her grandchildren. French screen siren Bernadette Lafont (Fiancée du Pirate) stars as the sexagenarian Danièle, who agrees to drive her daughter's children, Thomas (Lucas Franchi) and Marine (Adèle Csech) out to the French Alps to visit their estranged father, Philippe (never pictured onscreen). When they arrive, however, the latter turns out not to be home; to stall,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Even though the precisely layered, Jenga-tower narrative becomes tiresome towards the end, punches that could have easily been pulled in the final scenes make firm and full contact."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Les Petites vacances is sunny on the surface, but subtly disconcerting."
‑ Tom Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Touching Scenes."
‑ Thomas Dawson, BBC.com
"Les Petites Vacances is quietly effective and deeply sympathetic."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"This is a stylish performance from Lafont, and though I wondered if she wasn't withholding too much interior turmoil from the camera, it is very assured work from Peyon."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Visually and atmospherically moving with some very decent performacnes."
‑ Liz Beardsworth, Empire Magazine
"A superb performance from veteran New Wave actress Bernadette Lafont anchors this absorbing road movie from debut French writer/director Olivier Peyon."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
"It's a characteristically French film - in the UK, the same story would be big on whimsy and lovable eccentrics, but in the Gallic take there's a chilly bleakness that cuts like the wind from the mountains that provide the backdrop to the story."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"Peyon teases a well-worn thriller format into a subtle and moving drama about loss, regret and desperation. Rarely has the spirit of carpe diem seemed so tragically belated."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
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