Once described as a young professional tennis prodigy, Thomas (Cesar-winner Alex Lutz) never had the career in the game he had hoped for. At 37, he decides to return to the French Open at Roland Garros, in spite of his declining physical fitness and shattered knee. Although his wife Eve (Ana Girardot) and mother Judith (Oscar-nominee Kristin Scott Thomas) advise him to give up on his unlikely ambition, Thomas obsessively perseveres. He will have to face his own demons as well as the intense competitive qualifying rounds to reach the tournament and eventually face a young tennis genius who disturbingly reminds him of his younger self.
“Reynaud, in Final Set, achieves what few directors have in elevating the sports film genre to cinematic art.” – Bradley Gibson, Film Threat
“A superbly executed ensemble effort that plays out against a backdrop that’s the stuff of modern myth-making, as we watch Alex Lutz’s Thomas fight against time and his own body’s wear-and-tear, we’re right there with him, eager to battle it out to the very end.” – Jen Johans, Film Intuition
“Alex Lutz aces every scene as the impossibly driven Thomas, playing his part both on and off the court with skill and awareness of his character’s psychology. Lending strong support are Kristin Scott Thomas as Thomas’ drill-sergeant-like mom and Ana Girardot as his wife, an accomplished athlete who tabled her own tennis dreams. Everything about “Final Set” feels like the real deal, from the closet full of tennis rackets to the intense tennis match making up its final minutes.” – Randy Myers, The Mercury News
Quentin Reynaud | Drama, Sports | 103 Minutes | France, French | $6.99