International Film Forum: The Big Hit
The Big Hit [Un Triomphe] (Emmanuel Courcol, 2020, France, 105 minutes)
Etienne, an often out of work but endearing actor, runs a theater workshop in a prison, where he brings together an unlikely troupe of prisoners to stage Samuel Beckett’s famous play Waiting for Godot. When he is allowed to take the colorful band of convicts on a tour outside of prison, Etienne finally has the chance to thrive.
Each date is a new success and a unique relationship grows between this ad hoc group of actors and their director. But soon comes the final performance in Paris. Will their last night together be the biggest hit of them all?
"For all the predictability and slightly thin plotting, this is an irresistible confection of heart, good-humour, and likable performances." – Tara Brady, The Irish Times