Join Linda Hardy and the rest of Westbank’s aficionados of France who watch a French film at home and then meet at the library to discuss it en français! The August film selection, Going Away, is available to view on Kanopy.

Going Away

Baptiste is a loner. A gifted primary teacher living in the south of France, he knows how to bring their schoolwork alive for his pupils but never remains in the same job for more than a term.

When he is left unwittingly in charge of his student Mathias by the child’s negligent father, the boy takes Baptiste to his mother Sandra, a dazzling but fragile woman who works on the beach near Montpellier. An erratic parent who longs to make amends, she welcomes Baptiste and her son into her bungalow. For one enchanted day, a powerful spell unites them, the beginnings of a family for those who do not have one. But it won’t last.

Official Selection at the Toronto International Film Festival. Nominated for a César Award and a Lumiere Award for Most Promising Actor.

“A fine drama in the best French tradition of intimate yet ambivalent character observation, in which unexpectedly crossed paths turn out to be a catalyst for mutual change.” – Dennis Harvey, Variety