This sophomore drama from veteran documentarian Nils Tavernier (Aurore) is the powerful story of a father who teams with his wheelchair-bound son to conquer the grueling gauntlet of an Ironman Triathlon.

Special Presentations

The Finishers

Nils Tavernier

Though seventeen-year-old Julien (Fabien Héraud) enjoys the unbridled affection of his mother, Claire (Alexandra Lamy), he has always felt distant from his father, Paul (Jacques Gamblin). A rugged outdoorsman and avid thrill-seeker, Paul bitterly resents the congenital palsy that confines his son to a wheelchair, and has often sought work far from home as a means of suppressing his frustrations. With the termination of his latest contract, however, the situation quickly comes to a head. Discovering an article about the Hoyts online, Julien challenges his father to jointly take part in an upcoming triathlon. At first, Paul brusquely rebuffs the suggestion. But when Julien makes an impassioned display of his determination, he is forced to reconsider. Together, father and son will train for the gauntlet that will galvanize their newly forged bond.

Shot on location at the 2012 edition of Ironman France, the film captures thrilling footage of pure athleticism amid the breathtaking environs of the Côte d'Azur. Tavernier also crafts a moving portrait of paternal redemption, in which finishing is not only a victory, but also a powerful testament to a father's devotion.

Michèle Maheux

Screenings

Sat Sep 07

TIFF Bell Lightbox 1

Regular
2:00pm
Mon Sep 09

Scotiabank 14

Industry
9:00am
Tue Sep 10

TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Regular
9:30am
Wed Sep 11

Scotiabank 14

Industry
11:30am
Sun Sep 15

TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Regular
8:45pm