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|Originaltitel:||Avis de Mistral|
|Laufzeit:||About 104 min.|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
The summer holidays should be the best time of the year in the life of children. Not so for the teenagers Léa (Chloé Jouannet) and Adrien (Hugo Dessioux). After their parents have separated, they have to spend time with their grandparents in Provence with their little brother Théo (Lukas Pelissier). For the teenagers from Paris, the prospect of a holiday in the countryside without disco, cinema or Internet is pure horror. The fact that their grandfather Paul (Jean Reno), whom they have only just met, is a grumpy grouch, doesn't make things any more pleasant. And so it doesn't take long for the young people and their grandfather to clash. But just when the situation is about to get out of hand, this summer in Provence has a few surprises in store for both generations that will change everything…
"A summer in Provence" offers its viewers almost two hours of short holidays in a truly idyllic setting. Director Rose Bosch ("The Children of Paris") creates an enchanting atmosphere in which the rather conventional family story can unfold beautifully. In contrast to the two teenagers, for whom this place is the real hell at the beginning, you immediately feel comfortable as a spectator on the estate of Paul and Irène (Anna Galiena). Surrounded by nothing but olive trees and picturesque countryside, the simple farmhouse seems to be a place where you would like to spend your holidays yourself - even if only for a few hours. This helps to accept some very predictable moments and quite clichéd character drawings benevolently and just enjoy the movie for what it is: just nice, harmless cinema entertainment that doesn't offend the ghost and flatter the soul.
That the movie works isn't only because of the nice pictures, but also because of a really great Jean Reno. As a grumpy grandfather who never misses an opportunity to grab a good drop or to scold God and the world, Reno delivers a wonderful performance. When the little deaf Théo slowly melts the stone heart of the old Griesgram, the French superstar provides one or the other goose bump moment. But it's especially amusing when Paul's "everything used to be better" mentality collides with Léa and Adrien's "if there's no app for it, it's stupid" attitude. Although these conflicts are actually extremely clichéd, Jean Reno's game ensures that the spectators enjoy themselves deliciously.
However, not only Reno, but also his young co-stars leave a consistently positive impression. They do not deliver any really impressive performances now. But when the two of them quarrel with their grandpa or Adrien succumbs to the charm of the extremely seductive village beauty Magail (Aure Atika) or her décolletéés, while Léhe heart begins to beat for the charming pizza chef Tiago (Tom Leeb), then you notice that Rose Bosch has really chosen her actors very well. As constructed as some scenes may seem, the play of the young actors is pleasantly authentic and absolutely convincing. This of course also applies to the little Lukas Pelissier, who with his charm not only wraps his film grandpa around his finger, but also all the viewers very quickly.
"A Summer in Provence" is certainly not a masterpiece and does not have what it takes to become a classic. But the movie offers nice, charming feel-good food, which is simply knitted, but no less effective. It's a movie that makes its audience happy at least for a short time and that, apart from a few small lengths, can also entertain very well. This may not be as exciting as a real visit to Provence, but it is definitely worth seeing!
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