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by Fabien Onteniente


It's the story of four buddies, four French pals: The Greek (oesteopath), Fifi (who lives with his mother, concierge), Fortuné (a West Indian who works at Cogex), and Freddy (big-time gambler). They constantly hang out at Le Balto, a Parisian betting agency. Tired of losing the little they've got, they want to stop playing the horses... But, as the well-known race betting saying goes, "a loss today predicts a win tomorrow," and luck finally strikes. Luck which comes in the guise of a great shark, a legendary gambler, known by everyone at all the racetracks and by all bettors... and by the Vice Squad: Monsieur Paul. This "gentleman" now back in the game and proposes that the four pals purchase Torpille, a crack horse, in reality an old nag. Given that they are four, they decide to buy a leg each! The Balto gang then enters the rarefied world of horse owners, the scams of millionnaires at racetracks from Auteuil to Monte-Carlo. Will they triumph or lose everything, even their friendship? The horses better get trotting!

original title: Turf
country: France
sales agent: Pathé International
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Fabien Onteniente
film run: 102'
release date: FR 13/02/2013, BE 13/02/2013
screenplay: Fabien Onteniente, Philippe Guillard, Alain Chabat, Emmanuel Booz, Pierre Benichou
cast: Alain Chabat, Édouard Baer, Philippe Duquesne, Lucien Jean-Baptiste, Vahina Giocante, Sergi López, Gérard Depardieu, Héléna Noguerra
cinematography by: Jérôme Robert
film editing: Béatrice Herminie
art director: Jacques Rouxel
costumes designer: Jacqueline Bouchard
music: Jean-Yves d'Angelo
producer: Florian Genetet-Morel
production: Pathé Films, Chez Wam, TF1 Films Production, Scope Pictures
distributor: Pathé Distribution, Alternative Films

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