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Drift Away

  • Un petit-fils (Working title)
All titles (4)
Feature Film | 2019-2021 | Drama | Belgium, France

Shooting data

Number of shooting days43
LocationsNormandie & Île d’Yeu
Filming regionsFrance - Normandie, France - Pays de la Loire

Brief synopsis

After ten years together, Laurent proposes to his girlfriend Marie. It’s even going to be a white wedding. Little Poulette is all for her parents tying the knot. Group hug. While it’s all plain sailing on the family front, Laurent’s job, which he loves, is noticeably taking its toll. As chief of the local police force in the picturesque community of Étretat in Normandy, he not only has to drive inebriated troublemakers out of the bar (Xavier Beauvois in a brilliant cameo), he also has to deal with more serious crimes – from insurance fraud to child abuse to a suicidal Parisian who throws himself off the steep cliffs (ruining a romantic wedding photo shoot for the tourists who had come here from afar). When farmer Julien repeatedly defies EU regulations, Laurent finally blows a fuse. What follows is pure existentialism and the archetypal myth of a man in crisis.

(source: Berlinale)


ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
Jérémie RenierLaurent [L]
Marie-Julie MailleMarie [SR]
Victor BelmondoQuentin [SR]
Iris BryCarole [SR]
Geoffroy SeryJulien [SR]
Olivier PequeryPierre [SR]
Madeleine BeauvoisPoulette [SR]


1st ADAlexandra Denni
Post production supervisorBénédicte Pollet
Director of photographyJulien Hirsch
Still photographerGuy Ferrandis
Casting directorKaren Hottois
Costume designerBethsabée Dreyfus
DirectorXavier Beauvois
EditorMarie-Julie Maille
EditorJulie Duclaux
ProducerSylvie Pialat
ProducerBenoît Quainon
Co-producerArdavan Safaee
Production designerYann Mégard
Production managerPatrice Marchand
Unit manager (local system)David Lemenan
Set manager/ floor managerMarina Carita
Assistant location managerCyril Mund
Assistant location managerStéphanie Jossec
Production assistantMarie Ledoux
Production assistantHugo Froideval
Production assistantPauline Tessier
ScreenwriterXavier Beauvois
ScreenwriterFrédérique Moreau
ScreenwriterMarie-Julie Maille

Distribution / Sales companies

Pathé [fr]
Galapagos Films [pl]


Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Xavier Beauvois2021Berlinale - Int. Filmfestspiele Berlin [de]


2021FranceFestival du Film Francophone d'Angoulême
Les Avant-premières
Les Avant-premières
2021GermanyBerlinale - Int. Filmfestspiele Berlin


TypeCountryStationDate / TimeComment
RepeatFranceFrance 3 [fr]Monday, 15/07/2024, 10.50 PM
First showingFranceCanal+ [fr]Tuesday, 02/08/2022, 9.00 PM

Cinema releases and premieres

Theatre releasePolandFriday, 05/11/2021
Theatre releaseFranceWednesday, 03/11/2021
PremiereThursday, 10/06/2021Berlinale Summer Open Air [de]