Watch: Ventoux 2015 123movies, Full Movie Online – Four old friends relive happy days gone by as they climb France’s Mont Ventoux by bike like they did thirty years before, only to find themselves forced to face a ghost from their shared past..
Plot: A group of friends reunite after 30 years to climb the Mont Ventoux again. Memories to a happy youth but also new discoveries from the past. One person is not present at the reunion. Why is that? What happened?
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Read the novel instead
Having read the novel and found pleasure in that I was anxious to see how it would unfold as a movie. And yes, whenever you fall for the story as a novel, you often have difficult in accepting the choices that comes when cutting in the material to realise the same story in a matter of 2 hours for the screen. Sometimes it can be a good experience, but unfortunately this is not a succesful realisation.
The casting is one of the more succesful aspects in the adaptation, and the flashbacks basically works rather fine. Less succesful is the plot of the story. The novel deals with existentialism and it’s a major theme throughout the novel, where the various characters’ perspectives comes in play, but here it’s reduced to a simplification that does unjust to the novel and also makes it difficult to stay involved. And then a central episode is uncovered early during the film, whereas it’s kept as a nice climax in the novel. The characters are portayed as shallow and flat, and despite an obvious attempt to stay true to the narration of the novel, it works as an amateurish draft for an actual movie. The story is there, so why not utilise the depth of a fine screenplay?! Instead of making a movie about adults, their relationship and the power of essential emotions, this movie comes out as a superficial view on dynamics between innocent teenagers.
Not really recommended.
Go see the movie if you are not able to read the novel
Originally, it was the intention to make a film script only, but Ventoux became a novel. The novel was released before the movie, more than two years ago now. Apparently it costs that much time to realize a movie. The novel is really a big achievement of Bert Wagendorp, who basically is a (cycling) journalist. It is well written, touching, tensive and if you are raised in the same period, recognizable. Respect!
Four friends in there mid-life want to redo their climb of the Mont Ventoux 30 years later. It is a kind of a memorial climb, but it is also a way to deal with their girlfriend Laura, who disappeared after wards and suddenly returns after 30 years.
Very hard for the movie to do better and it didn’t. The story is scrambled in a way that it becomes fuzzy and unclear what are causes and what are consequences. Also if and how these guys are still friends after 30 years, is unclear. And the explanation of Laura in the end is poor and does not reflect the open ending of the novel.
The filming is cool and scenes are cut-off sharp. Despite the beautiful shots of the Ventoux and its surroundings, it does not let you feel the myth of the Ventoux in general nor the specific meaning for the four friends. The acting could do better, especially the old guys. They are almost caricatures. The young guys do much better and I liked the Laura character, both young and old.
Nevertheless, go see the movie if you are not able to read the book. The way friendship, aging, love, and cycling are combined is worthwhile seeing. It is not too serious, nor too flat.
Original Language nl
Runtime 1 hr 48 min (108 min)
Genre Comedy, Drama
Director Nicole van Kilsdonk
Writer Bert Wagendorp, Nicole van Kilsdonk
Actors Kasper van Kooten, Wilfried de Jong, Leopold Witte
Awards 1 win & 1 nomination
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Sound Mix Dolby Digital
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