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Falling, The

Original title: Vallen
Belgium, 2001

Director: Herbots, Hans
Production company: Acasa Esana, Antwerp
Age recommendation: 14 years and up

Lucas travels with his mother to the South of France to the home of her birth. There he renews his friendship with Caitlin, staying at the convent next door. When their friendship develops into love, Caitlin reveals dark secrets of Lucas' grandfather, who betrayed a group of Jewish children during the World War II, leading to the death for both children and nuns of the convent. At a small town nearby, racial tension is mounting against a group of refugees and Lucas finds himself under the spell of Benoit, s smooth talking extremist who draws him into violent action. Lucas' and Caitlin's love is threatened by a tragic event as well as by the dramatic echo of his grandfather's shameful past. Finally only forgiveness will free the new generation to move forward to a greater understanding.

Dramatic and thrilling tale as a young man realises his family's past and faces his own future. (Leeds Children's Film Festival 2003)

Olympia 2001, Leeds 2003

World sales address/es:
Big Bear (US)

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