La Grande messe
It’s summer. The Tour de France is coming and senior fans arrive in their camper vans in this endearing documentary that revels in its visual humour.
Dir-Scr Valéry Rosier, Méryl Fortunat-Rossi
Prod Benoit Roland, Emmanuel Georges, François Ladsous
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Every year, a group of senior French couples set out their camping vans on the same hilly roadside section of the Tour de France circuit, waiting for a fleeting glimpse of the bikers as they pass by. Rosier and Fortunat-Rossi’s camera captures the group engaged in frequent, often very funny discussions. There are minor marital clashes, the daily effort to locate the most perfect TV reception, and the anticipation of seeing the racers, whilst complaining of the youngsters who block their view. The daily musings of these spirited and young-at-heart spectators is played out to the majesty of Ravel’s Bolero. A marvellous slice of observational filmmaking, Holy Tour brilliantly manages to make what some might consider a dull vacation something thrilling and joyful.