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Sport de Filles
Of Women and Horses
Grecieuse, the daughter of two country people who has spent her life training other people’s horses and taking them to glory, decides to start a new career as a rider. In order to do so, she goes in search of her own special horse. With the aim of saving money to buy it, she finds a job at a luxurious country estate owned by millionaire Joséphine de Silène. There, she meets Franz Mann, a legendary trainer who works for her. When Gracieuse finally believes she has found her ideal horse, she discovers that the world of horseback riding hides some dark personal and financial interests. The seventh film by Patricia Mazuy is some sort of modern western that plunges into the world or horseback riding with an almost documentary-like curiousness and, at the same time, works as a critical reading of class struggle, capitalism, power and relationships between men and women.
Patricia Mazuy was born in France in 1960. She is a writer-director. After her first shorts, she worked as an editor for Agnès Varda in Vagabond (1989). There she met Sandrine Bonnaire, who would become the star of Thick Skinned (1989), her first feature. She wrote and directed some of her works alongside her husband, actor Simon Reggiani.
G: Simon Reggiani, Patricia Mazuy, François Bégaudeau
F: Caroline Champetier
E: Mathilde Muyard
M: John Cale
P: Grégoire Debailly, Gilles Sandoz