Cinefranco 2018 Review: LE FINALE (IN THE GAME) (France/Belgium 2018) ***

Festival Reviews

In the Game Poster
A rebellious teenager must travel the country with his sick grandpa to get to his basketball game.


Robin Sykes

The final game referred to in the film title is the FIFA 1998 World Cup in which France won.  Trouble is that this is the year 2018 and for Roland (Thierry Lhermitte) who suffers from Alzheimer’s, that game is still to be played.  The whole Verdi family is caring for Roland, the grandfather, who is affected by Alzheimer’s disease.  JB, the family teenager (Roland’s grandson) has only one goal: to go to Paris to play his basketball final.  But his parents want him to give it up and keep an eye on his grandfather as they are busy this weekend. JB decides to take him with him.  During this trip…

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