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Year: 2004
USA: Wellspring
UK: Tartan Films
Cast: Michel Subor, Gregoire Colin, Katia Golubeva, Bambou, Florence Loiret-Caille, Lolita Chammah, Alex Descas, Kim Dong-Ho, Change Se-Tak, Park Hong-Suk, Henri, Tetu Tetainanuari, Jean-Marc Teriipaia, Anna Tetuaveroa, Beatrice Dalle
Director: Claire Denis
Country: France
Language: French (English subtitles)
USA: 130 mins
UK: 126 mins
UK Certificate: 15 contains images of strong violence
USA Release Date: 23 December 2005 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 26 August 2005 (Limited Release - London)

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Louis Trebor (Michel Subor), a robust and mysterious loner, lives alone in an isolated woodland compound on the French-Swiss border in the Jura mountains. An enigmatic figure and emotionally distant father, he has little contact with his grown up son, Sidney (Gregoire Colin) - who lives near Geneva with his wife, a Swiss border guard (Florence Loiret-Calle), and young family - seemingly preferring the company of his dogs. Trebor's emotional contact is seemingly limited to an affair with a local pharmacist (Bambou) and a wordless attraction to a beautiful and equally aloof dog breeder (Beatrice Dalle).

An ailing heart forces Trebor to leave his snow-covered wilderness to visit a bank vault in Geneva to withdraw enough cash to pay for a new heart on the black market. Shadowed by a mysterious, unnamed Russian woman (Katia Golubeva), Trebor recovers from a clandestine transplant operation, and travels to the bustling markets and shipyards of Pusan in Korea. Here he agrees to buy a boat and starts on a voyage south, slowly threading his way back to his former home on a remote island near Tahiti, where he searches for the lost son he fathered years before. However he is uncertain of the welcome he will receive after all these years.

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