Victor… pendant qu’il est trop tard 1998
1h 28min | Drama | 16 December 1998 (France)
Young Victor experiences a traumatic flight from abusive parents and discovers a new mother in the prostitute Trish.
“Victor… pendant qu’il est trop tard” isn’t exactly a title that gives away very much about the subject of this movie. I think you could best translate it like “Victor… while it’s already too late”. I don’t know, but personally that didn’t exactly remind me of child abuse or neglect and yet that’s the hard subject this movie talks about.
Victor is a young kid (8 or 9 years old) that has run away from home after being neglected by his parents. Not knowing where to go, he ends up at a carnival where he meets Mick, a young man who runs one of the rides. Late at night Mick takes Victor with him and brings him to Triche, a young prostitute who is his girlfriend when he’s in town with the carnival. Between Triche and Victor a warm and loving relationship starts and Victor finally finds a place he can call home. In return he gives Triche the strength to finally decide what she wants to do with her life. In the meantime Victor meets Robert, a kid who lives downstairs and who becomes Victor’s best friend. Everything seems to be perfect until Triche gets in trouble with Mira, another prostitute to who she owes money.
If you are able to see past the fact that this entire story isn’t really probable to happen, than you’ll have to admit that this is actually a nice and heartwarming movie. And what’s even more important: it is able to keep your attention from the beginning to the end thanks to the good acting by all main actors. Especially Jxc3xa9rxc3xa9my Chaix as Victor and Lydia Andrei as Triche were very good. All in all this is a movie that is certainly worth a watch and especially the people who like the French cinema should give this one a try.
Director: Sandrine Veysset
Writers: Denis Belloc (novel), Sandrine Veysset
Stars: Jxc3xa9rxc3xa9my Chaix, Lydia Andrei, Mathieu Lanxc3xa9
Release Date: 16 December 1998 (France)