2016 Le Tour de France is coming soon with preparations and planning well underway. Will you be cheering from the roadside in France and witnessing this famous sporting event? Have you ever followed the Tour route?
“Like millions of others worldwide, 40 year old Francois Nouel (Clovis Cornillac) is a Tour de France fan. He has incomparable knowledge about everything to do with the race. He spends as much time as he can on his bike to escape from a disappointing everyday existence. At work he’s restricted to bicycle displays and things at home are no better: his son thinks he’s a loser and his wife berates him for being a coward. So when his wife discovers, on the eve of his holidays, that he’s been volunteered to work on the Tour it’s too much. She tells him she wants a divorce and leaves with his son.”
“Then he meets Remi Pletinckx, a depressive former sports manager, who’s also at the end of his rope. Under Pletinckx’s influence, Francois makes up his mind to live his childhood dream: to do the Tour de France. The race begins tomorrow. If he leaves now, one day ahead of the pros, he could even get to Paris before them.” Vendetta Films
I perchanced upon this movie (initially released in June 2013) at my local lending library and was pleasantly surprised at how much fun it was. It is entertaining, humorous and scenic. Watching the fictitious ride through the mountains and towns throughout the 21 stages of the Tour gave me a greater understanding of the famous French cycle race le Tour de France. I personally recommend this movie if you are; a cyclist, a Tour de France fan, a fan of France and its spectacular scenery, or after a good fun family movie. My children are a little older so the eccentric nudist who is a diehard Tour fan and the doping scandal are not an issue. Reviews vary on this film, some with harsh criticism I feel, but commentators are in general agreement that the majestic landscapes have been beautifully photographed and parts of the film are truly comic.
I have not found this film on Netflix or YouTube so your local lending library or foreign film section at your closest CD/DVD store may be the best bet. I’d love to know your thoughts on this film if you have already seen it; don’t be shy, leave me a comment… Annette Xx
I have yet to experience a Tour de France on French soil. The Tour route has often been close (20mins drive) to our village but we have not as yet made it over there to watch. This is on my “must do in France” list. Have you followed the race through a few of the stages? I dream of cycling some of the easy stages myself one day…
This year the Tour starts at Mont St-Michel – once again a spectacular location for a start!
For information on le Tour de France 2016 head over to these sites:
Below is the 2016 route map for the Tour de France.
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