The Big Hit

2020 France

Screening: 3rd June 2024, 105 minutes

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Out of work actor Etienne is recruited to teach a small group of prisoners how to act. Having decided to take the play “Waiting for Godot” on a tour outside prison, will Etienne and his troupe succeed? Crackles with charm and nervous energy.

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My film is very good. Well presented and well acted.
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An acting 'tour-de-force' by motley crew. I loved it.
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FIRST CLASS Acting, direction, theme, cinematography all worked together to make a very moving piece.
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Amazing, I really enjoyed this film. Brilliant!
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Marvellous!
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Totally absurd.
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Brilliant film. One of my favourites so far.
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Uplifting & joyous.
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Excellent! Really good view.
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Great film. Liberating!
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V. enjoyable!
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A very French story. Well acted.
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Brilliant.
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Love a true story.
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Worth staying to see the ending.
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Another great choice of which I'd never heard! Thank you.
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A slow start but got into its stride and a brilliant ending. Great characters.
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Original theme. Thought provoking and proof of the power of the Arts! Message for our time!!
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Not over sentimentalised! Well acted. Great film.
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Theatre is powerful but how much damage society inflicts on its victims.
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Excellent film. Gave you a real insight of the challenges in directing with the prisoners.
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A long fable! Enjoyable & well acted. I doubt French Police would ignore such an escapade.
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Thought it was going to be 100% predictable. So happy it wasn't.
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A movie that proves that hope should spring eternal! Great choices from the film selection team. ☺
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Engrossing, emotional, sad... What an empathetic character Etienne is!
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Heartwarming to know there are those who don't give up on others who are less fortunate. Great empathy, humour and life portrayed so enjoyably.
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Brilliant, got the balance of Godot with reality of prison life. Culture can improve prisoners. Just needed a Johnny Cash sound track!
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The first half did nothing for me - too frantic, too much swearing. I couldn't concentrate. From the moment they started performing I appreciated it a lot more (even though I've never seen or read 'Waiting for Godot') and the ending was a delightful surprise.
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Very entertaining.
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Good interpretation of Samuel.
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Mixed feelings!
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Had some nice moments. Good flow.
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Explosive acting making an explosive film.
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Really moving story.
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The ending made it for me.
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Really enjoyable and uplifting.
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Excellent.
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I'm really going to have to put some thought into this one!
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An entertaining and thought-provoking film. Unusual subject but quite enjoyable.
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Thought provoking. How do we inspire criminals of today.
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Think I might need to go see a production of Waiting for Godot now!
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Another very good film, keeping the high standards this season.
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Lots of feel-good, great characters and an unexpected twist at the end. What's not to like?
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It certainly made 'Waiting for Godot' more engaging than I've ever seen before. Thank you.
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It was a simple film but very uplifting and just made me smile. La vie est fait des petites bonheurs.
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Liked the ending, felt natural & right. An enjoyable film, giving insight into life with humour & emotion. ♥
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I expected a comedy. It was funny but so much more than that. However well they acted, they were not free. Excellent film, very meaningful.
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Enjoyable if a little light on content ( some interesting characters that never got developed )
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A new 'spin' on rehabilitation - mixed feelings about the film - thought the camaraderie of prisoners was well executed.
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I remember acting in Waiting for Godot at school and I didn't like it then. The director bumped it up a mark.
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So - Guess we're still Waiting for Godot then!
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Although slightly predictable with plot and character development that were too thin on the ground for me, The Big Hit was more like “the Medium Hit” nevertheless a good natured watch.
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OK Bit slow. Highlight - Nina Simone.
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I just wasn't invested in any of the characters. Too much like 'Waiting for Godot' itself which I don't expect I would like either.

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