The Grand Highway

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The Grand Highway
Directed byJean-Loup Hubert
Produced byPascal Hommais
Jean Francois Lepetit
StarringRichard Bohringer
Music byGeorges Granier
CinematographyClaude Lecomte
Edited byRaymonde Guyot
Distributed byMiramax Films
Release date
Running time
104 minutes

Le grand chemin is a 1987 French film directed by Jean-Loup Hubert. It was released in the U.S. as The Grand Highway, and was remade in 1991 as Paradise.

It won the César Award for Best Actor and Best Actress.


Louis, a timid nine-year-old boy from Paris, spends his summer vacation in a small town in Brittany. His mother Claire has lodged him with her girlfriend Marcelle and her husband Pelo while she is having her second baby. There Louis makes friends with Martine, the ten-year-old girl next door, and learns about life from her. His subsequent adventures run the gamut from delightful to terrifying, with a little "coming of age" (via a few glimpses of nudity) thrown in.



Le grand chemin was directed by Jean-Loup Hubert, and produced by Pascal Hommais and Jean Francois Lepetit.[1] The film was released in the U.S. as The Grand Highway, in French with English subtitles.[1] Claude Lecomte served as director of photography, with camera operator Jean Paul Meurisse and film editor Raymonde Guyot.[1] The musical score was composed by Georges Granier;[1] the original soundtrack music was reissued in 2013 by Canadian label Disques Cinemusique.[2]


Richard Bohringer and Anémone won César Awards for Best Actor and Best Actress.[3] The film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film of the year by the U.S. National Board of Review.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d James, Caryn (22 January 1988). "Film: 'The Grand Highway,' Childhood in France". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Le spécialiste de la musique de film au Canada". Disques Cinémusique. 2016.
  3. ^ "Palmarès 1988 – 13 ème cérémonie des César". Académie des César. 2016. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  4. ^ "1988 Award Winners". National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. 2016. Retrieved 28 December 2016.

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