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Time Trial

The Happy Prince

This film will be screened on:

Sat Jul 21-07

About this movie

For fans of the Tour de France and cycling in general, this is a must-see; for the uninitiated, this is a riveting introduction to a gruelling sport that tests the limits of human endurance. David Millar, a frequent stage winner in the Tour de France, was banned for doping in 2003. Long clean and now an outspoken anti-doping advocate, Millar attempts a Tour de France comeback, with documentarian Finlay Pretsell along for the oh-so-difficult ride. What unfolds is a powerfully dramatic and occasionally heartbreaking study of obsession that doubles as a profound exploration of what it takes to succeed at the top of the cycling profession. That it is also so cinematic is the welcome visual icing on the cake.

‘There's a savage kind of beauty in Pretsell's portrait… In one sequence, rain streaking across a lens makes the route ahead, winding swiftly between other bikes and cars, replete with danger, the physical suddenly rushing up to meet the existential… Building to a powerful conclusion, this is a documentary with real force, a compelling personal story and a dizzying visual experience that you won't easily forget.’—Jennie Kermode, Eye on Film