Films 2014

Terre Battue

by Stéphane Demoustier / France, Belgium 2014 / 95' / In competition

Cast and credits

Original title / Terre Battue

English title / 40-Love

Director / Stéphane Demoustier

Screenplay / Stéphane Demoustier, Gaëlle Macé

Cinematography / Julien Poupard

Editing / Damien Maestraggi

Sound / Emmanuel Bonnat, Julie Brenta, Vincent Verdoux

Art direction / Paul Rouschop

Costumes / Anne-Sophie Gledhill

Cast / Olivier Gourmet (Jérôme), Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (Laura), Charles Mérienne (Ugo)

Production / Frédéric Jouve (Les Films Velvet)

Associated Producer / Marie Lecoq

Co-production / Jean-Pierre e Luc Dardenne (Les Films du Fleuve), Stéphane Demoustier e Guillaume Dreyfus (Année Zéro), Olivier Pére e Rémi Burah (Arte France Cinéma), Arlette Zylberberg (RTBF)

Format / DCP, color

Runtime / 95 min.


Jérôme, a senior executive, has just left his company. Determined to never work for nobody else ever again, he attempts to set up his own company, come what may, even ignoring the reluctance of his wife Laura. Ugo, their 11-year-old son, is a tennis player and a promising champion. To reach his goal, he must make it into the Roland Garros national training centre. Just like his dad, he’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it. Together, Ugo and Jérôme will realize that not all rules can be bent in the quest for success.

Stéphane Demoustier 

Stéphane Demoustier was born in Lille, northern France in 1977. His short films have been selected by numerous film festivals and awarded prizes both in France and abroad: Fille du calvaire (2012), Bad Gones (2011), Des noeuds das la tête (2010), Dans la jungle des villes (2009). In 2013 he made a documentary, Les petits Joeurs describing the sporting life of three children taking part in the French tennis championship. Terre Battue is his first feature length film.