Visions of Europe: Preview: Rodeo

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Director(s)Lola Quivoron
Writer(s)Antonia Buresi, Lola Quivoron
Running Time1HR 45MINS
Extra InfoEnglish Subtitles
SeasonVisions of Europe

Lola Quivoron’s feature directorial debut is a rites-of-passage drama that launches itself into the crime genre at full throttle, with newcomer Julie Ledru excelling as a young tearaway with a passion for motorbikes.

Julia (Ledru) lives on a social housing estate with her mother and brother. Relations at home are fraught and Julie’s only escape is urban dirt-biking, but coming from an underprivileged household she hasn’t the money to own her own. So, she steals them; and she’s pretty good at it.

It’s while on one of these stolen bikes that she encounters the B-More gang, a group who revels in the world of urban rodeos, a sub-culture of motorbike fanatics whose activities reach far beyond the stunts they revel in. Initially suspicious of Julia’s presence, her hustling abilities draw her into the fold, close to the gang’s imprisoned leader and his tough but troubled wife Ophélie (Antonia Buresi). As she becomes more embroiled in the gang’s underhand dealings, Julia reveals plans for a heist that could net them a small fortune.

Packed with incredible bike stunts by stunt coordinator Mathieu Lardot, who has worked on major action films like Spectre and Mission Impossible: Fallout, but at its heart it is a fascinating character study of Julia, an outsider desperately looking to belong. A biker discovered by the filmmaker on Instagram, Ledru is a compelling presence, displaying a quiet intensity that’s all the more impressive for this being her first screen appearance.

Thanks to Curzon for this preview. Rodeo is released on 28 April.

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From 31 Mar - 16 Apr, Visions of Europe returns to celebrate the breadth of European cinema. With a handpicked selection of 24 films from a Macedonian witch tale to a race through Berlin, we take in the best of European film including previews, festival hits and classics returning to the big screen.


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