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  • Summary: Between his domineering brother Luc (Jérémie Elkaïm) and his incorrigible father (Eddy Mitchell), Romain (Pio Marmaï) finds that he can't go on being the boy who does what is expected of him. Approaching 30, Romain decides that it's time to face his family as an adult and, in the process, learn more about himself than he ever imagined. [Rialto Pictures] Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    May 21, 2014
    More notable for its small, incisive moments than as a moving depiction of the way that familial relationships are affected by life crises, the film makes only a minor impact.
  2. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    May 20, 2014
    The director, Nicolas Mercier, has failed to grasp how repellent his own protagonist seems to us. By the end, he's tipped his hand, and what seemed an incisive portrait is revealed as oddly skewed.
  3. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    May 22, 2014
    Although the subject is potent, the film, directed with a seemingly effortless commercial acumen, doesn’t burrow deeply.
  4. Reviewed by: Adam Nayman
    May 22, 2014
    In the absence of narrative urgency or fresh storytelling devices, Grand Départ lives or dies with Marmaï’s performance, but like everything else around him, he’s merely adequate.