Centre Sandra et Leo Kolber | Salle Lucie et André Chagnon
Gracieuse (Marina Hands, AN ORDINARY EXECUTION), is an equestrian who trains young horses and is painfully forced to part with them when they are eventually sold. She yearns to have her own horse. When legendary trainer Franz Mann (Swiss actor Bruno Ganz) introduces Gracieuse to the sport of dressage, she has to restart her career. Director Patricia Mazuy has said: "It's a tale of money for him, of a drug for her. Gracieuse is a horse-riding junky; Franz is her dealer". But talent alone is not enough to combat the personal intrigues and the economic realities of the international horse world and its unique culture. And, to complicate matters further, Franz is cynical and recalcitrant, tired of being a lackey for the tough horsefarm owner, Josephine de Silene (Josiane Balasko).
Interestingly enough, Marina Hands was an accomplished horsewoman herself before she became an actress, and it shows! Her portrayal of Gracieuse is suitably taciturn and obsessed, and Josiane Balasko proves herself once again to be a talented and serious actress who also knows her way around horses. Bruno Ganz was recently honoured at the Locarno Film Festival on the eve of the world premiere OF WOMEN AND HORSES.
Not only will this horse story be of special interest to riders and horse lovers, but it's highly recommended for all cinephiles who will enjoy the fascinating complexities of the sport of champions.
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