A Moroccan immigrant in France, enlists his adolescent son, Réda, to drive him across seven countries as he undertakes the journey from Hajj to Mecca. What should be a peaceful, purposeful and solemn pilgrimage for the father, is an incomprehensible waste of time for his son. Along the way, the pair's stark differences and attitudes towards life become blisteringly apparent, and what they come to understand about one another has implication far greater than the journey itself.
Intimate and at times touching
- Le Grand Voyage review by Tim from London
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This film is a 'classic road movie' which avoids many of the cliches of the genre. It's about a father and son travelling from France to Mecca - and their developing relationship along the way. The father is a stern and rigid moslem - while the son is 'westernised' and drinks and has a french girlfriend, etc. The film is very 'quiet' with little dialougue - but this often underlines the subtle changes in the relationship between father and son without being too heavy handed. The scenes at the end of Mecca are also remarkable. You will enjoy this film if you like intimate and subtle films -without being too challenging.