The Racer

  • The Domestique (Working title)
Feature Film | 2019-2020 | Drama, Sport | Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg

Brief synopsis

It’s 1998, the infamous year when the opening stages of the ‘Tour de France’ are relocated to Ireland – and news breaks of the massive drug scandal permeating the sport.
Dominique « Dom » Chabol (French – late 30s) has been one of the best ‘Domestiques” (support rider) for the last 20 years. It’s a sacrificial role – setting pace, blocking wind, and providing support, to enable the team’s sprinter to victory – for domestiques, winning is not on the table.
But at the start of the Tour, Dom is unceremoniously dropped. His best mate Sonny, the team masseur, fails to reassure him about his future. A chance liaison with Lynn, a young doctor, softens the blow, and with her help Dom starts to accept – and even enjoy – the idea of civilian life…
But as he gears up to go home and to face his estranged sister, a massive doping error leaves a teammate literally pissing blood… Dom is thrown back in the saddle – and realises it’s now or never if he ever hopes to be more than a domestique…
Source: Calach Films


ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
Louis TalpeDominique Chabol [L]
Tara LeeLynn Brennan [L]
Iain GlenSonny [L]
Matteo SimoniTartare [L]
Timo WagnerStefano Drago [SR]


2nd ADJennifer Piasecki
Director of photographyJames Mather
Costume designerUli Simon
Additional wardrobeCarla Sanfleberdaily
DirectorKieron J. Walsh
EditorMathieu Depuydt
Key/dolly gripJean-François Roqueplo
GafferKevin Dresse
ProducerYvonne DonohoeBlinder Films
ProducerKatie HollyBlinder Films
Co-producerNicolas BlondeauCaviar Films
Co-producerRobin KerremansCaviar Films
Co-producerJesus Gonzalez-ElviraCalach Films
Executive producerLesley McKimm
Production designerRay Ball
ScreenwriterCiaran Cassidy
Production sound mixerCarlo Thoss
Production sound mixerYves Bémelmans

Production companies

Blinder Films [ie]
Calach Films [lu]co-production
Caviar Films [be]co-production
RTÉ Raidió Teilifís Éireann [ie]participation


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Theatre releaseGreat BritainFriday, 18/12/2020
Theatre releaseIrelandSunday, 08/11/2020
Theatre releaseNetherlandsThursday, 22/10/2020
Theatre releaseLuxembourgWednesday, 30/09/2020
Theatre releaseBelgiumWednesday, 09/09/2020