Stolen Holidays (Les Petites Vacances)
Stolen Holidays (Les Petites Vacances) (2006)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: October 12, 2006
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Jenkins
Time Out

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.

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Tom Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Les Petites vacances is sunny on the surface, but subtly disconcerting.

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Tom Dawson

Anchored by a superb performance from the veteran French New Wave actress Bernadette Lafont, Les Petites Vacances is an absorbing road movie from debut writer/director Olivier Peyon.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

Les Petites Vacances is quietly effective and deeply sympathetic.

Peter Bradshaw

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.

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Liz Beardsworth
Empire Magazine

Visually and atmospherically moving with some very decent performacnes.

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Tom Dawson
Total Film

A superb performance from veteran New Wave actress Bernadette Lafont anchors this absorbing road movie from debut French writer/director Olivier Peyon.

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Wendy Ide
Times (UK)

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.

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Anton Bitel

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.

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