The Finishers

  • L'épreuve d'une vie (Working title)
All titles (6)
Feature Film | 2012-2013 | Belgium, France


Brief synopsis

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.


ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
Jacques GamblinPaul [L]
Alexandra LamyClaire [L]
Fabien HéraudJulien [L]
Sophie de FürstSophie [SR]
Pablo PaulyYohann [SR]
Xavier MathieuSergio [SR]


1st ADArnaud Esterez
Director of photographyLaurent Machuel
Casting directorDavid Bertrand
Costume designerFanny Drouin
DirectorNils Tavernier
EditorYann Malcor
Key hair stylistJimmy Springard
Key makeup artistOriane de Neve
ComposerBardi Jóhannsson
ProducerPhilip Boëffard
ProducerChristophe Rossignon
Co-producerFlorian Genetet-Morel
Associate producerArlette Zylberberg
Associate producerRomain Le Grand
Associate producerPatrick Quinet
Production designerJean-Michel Simonet
Line producerÈve François-Machuel
Production managerGuinal Riou
Post production supervisorJulien Azoulay
Unit managerFanny Gauchery
Unit managerGaëtan Dinon
Unit managerStéphan Arnouxadditionnal
ScreenwriterLaurent Bertoni
ScreenwriterNils Tavernier
ScreenwriterPierre Leyssieux
Sound re-recording mixerThomas Gauder

Production companies

Nord-Ouest Films [fr]

Distributing companies

Pathé [fr]


TypeCountryStationDate / TimeComment
RepeatFranceChérie 25 [fr]Monday, 10/02/2020, 9.05 PM


Theatre releaseFranceWednesday, 26/03/2014