The Big Hit

Dir: Emmanuel Courcol
Cast: Kad Merad, Marina Hands, Laurent Stocker
105mins   2020   France   15   French | Russian    Subtitled   

Disillusioned and divorced middle-aged thespian Étienne accepts an arts rehabilitation role, leading a theatre workshop group at a correctional facility, under the watchful eye of open-minded but cautious warden Ariane.

His program attracts a motley group, and Étienne, surprised by the raw talent he unearths, comes up with the idea of workshopping Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot”.

To the surprise of many, the play’s existential themes prove to be a natural fit for the inmates, and the connection between the cast and their kind-hearted director grows stronger with every rehearsal, though not without exception, and some very unexpected ramifications.