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The Big Hit

Inspired by remarkable true events, Emmanuel Courcol’s rousing directorial debut follows an out-of-work actor whose career takes an unusual turn.

Disillusioned and divorced middle-aged thespian Étienne accepts an arts rehabilitation role, leading a theatre workshop group at a correctional facility under the watchful eye of warden Ariane. His program attracts a motley group, and Étienne, surprised by the raw talent he unearths, comes up with the idea of workshopping Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. To the surprise of many, the play’s existential themes prove to be a natural fit for the inmates, and the connection between cast and director grows stronger with every rehearsal – though not without some unexpected consequences.