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2 Seconds (1998)

Cast: Charlotte Laurier, Dino Tavarone, Jonathan Bolduc, more...
Director: Manon Briand
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Wolfe Video
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Sports Drama, France, Sports, Sports Drama
Running Time: 105 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English
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This Canadian film (in French) premiered in the 1999 Sundance Film Festival's World Cinema section. It tells the story of Laurie (Charlotte Laurier) and her love of downhill mountain bike racing. At the start of a big race, Laurie notices a gray hair on her head; her hesitation while noticing this causes her to lose the race by two seconds, forcing her retirement from racing. Angry, she moves to Montreal to stay with her brother, a physicist who is big on loose women and theories of relativity, and she gets a job as a bike messenger. At work, she meets a crusty old man named Lorenzo (Dino Tavarone), who was a champion cyclist himself before settling down and opening a bike shop. Though enemies and competitors at first, they slowly become friends and lovers, and teach each other that time (whether it's 50 years or two seconds) is a relative concept. ~ Arthur Borman, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

great nuances only a wrench could love by mscammon March 30, 2006 - 3:47 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Ok. A 8 is saying a lot, but I loved this film mainly for the cycling cultural detail that was put into the it. Dino's character (Lorenzo-grumpy shop owner/mechanic), is asked by Laurie to build a wheel with straight pull spokes and he almost flips and would only do it 3 cross, I laughed out loud. And the tanline scene. All true.


Of course this might all be ? to non-bicycle addicts but would still be worth a rent. Maybe.

wacky french canadians by RHarju June 23, 2003 - 11:35 AM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
I'm always excited to see a film about bicycle racing and I like foreign films so i was intrigued by the idea of the film. It delivered the goods. It beautifully conveyed the love of bicycling through the perspective of 2 very different people without getting bogged down in the technical nature of bikes.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 6.08)
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