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
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 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.