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Les cowboys (2015)

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When his daughter goes missing from their prairie town east of France, Alain and his young son, Kid, head out to find her. The journey takes the men to some far-off and unsettling places in what begins to feel like an endless quest.


Thomas Bidegain


Laurent Abitbol (original idea), Thomas Bidegain (original idea) | 2 more credits »
3 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
François Damiens ... Alain Balland
Finnegan Oldfield ... Georges Balland, dit Kid
Agathe Dronne Agathe Dronne ... Nicole Balland
Ellora Torchia ... Shazhana
Antoine Chappey Antoine Chappey ... Charles
Maxim Driesen Maxim Driesen ... Kid (13 ans)
Jean-Louis Coulloc'h ... L'Indien
Gilles Treton Gilles Treton ... Sheriff
Francis Leplay ... L'homme du train
Djemel Barek Djemel Barek ... Le père d'Ahmed
Mounir Margoum ... Ahmed
Leïla Saadali Leïla Saadali ... La mère d'Ahmed
Laure Calamy Laure Calamy ... Isabelle
Antoine Régent Antoine Régent ... Marc
Iliana Zabeth ... Kelly Balland


When his daughter goes missing from their prairie town east of France, Alain and his young son, Kid, head out to find her. The journey takes the men to some far-off and unsettling places in what begins to feel like an endless quest.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a brief violent image and a scene of drug use | See all certifications »

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English | French | Urdu

Release Date:

25 November 2015 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Les Cowboys See more »

Filming Locations:

Udaipur, Rajasthan, India See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,283, 26 June 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$73,725, 17 July 2016
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


François Damiens plays a character very close to the one he had a couple of years earlier, in Gare Du Nord, where he also played a character searching for his wayward daughter. See more »


Kid watches a news report of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. The reporter says that the Department of Homeland Security is in a panic because of the attack. The Department of Homeland Security did not exist on 9/11. It's creation did not take place until November 25, 2002, a little more than a year after the attacks. See more »


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Les Cowboys Keeps You on the Edge
29 October 2017 | by krocheavSee all my reviews

For whatever reason American Westerns have always played well in France, from Alan Ladd, John Wayne, Kirk Douglass, through to Randolph Scott & Audie Murphy. Just as films about the American Native Indians did (and still do) in Germany. I knew very little about this movie before watching and glad that was the case. It wasn't until reading about it later I noticed it being touted as a modern 'remake' of Ford's "The Searchers". I saw no connection (other than a mild story thread) and feel that 'remake' is sort of a long bow to draw. It is however, a topical examination of the present times - with observations on the surge of Muslim immigration across the globe - here, focusing mostly on a provincial village in France.

While a local family attend a festival for American country music, their teenage daughter goes missing. Seems she's run off with a young Muslim to seek a new life. Dad is determined to bring her back no matter what the cost and, it's going to be high. His search covers several grotty situations in Paris then heads overseas. It's at this time the movie changes gear with an unexpected, very well staged car accident that has a life-altering impact on both the family of the daughter and the boy she ran away with. What follows is an epic trek into the Middle East and back, with equally unexpected results.

This is modern movie-making at its most intriguing with first-class performances and superb cinematography. Why something this well made has been overlooked mystifies me. Trailers I have seen for this movie would not convince me to see it - they all look as if aimed at a 12 year olds mentality. The accomplished screenwriter, and for this work also director (first feature) Thomas Bidegain creates a compelling study - complete with his own dabbling in the above-average music score - which is mostly composed by Raphael Haroche, ably assisted by co-composer and orchestrator Moritz Reich. There's much to enjoy in this involving drama even to the point of being unsure if dad's interest in his daughter may be a little more intense than it should be (he certainly is an over-intense sort of fellow) or simply the love of a caring parent. It's a story recommended for thinking audiences - that holds a good pace, as it spans a couple of decades while never outstaying it's welcome.

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