COACHING A top athlete regains her lost energy in Florian Hessique's “The Christmas Challenge” in theaters this Wednesday
Florian Hessique and Aurore Planas in “The Christmas Challenge” by Florian Hessique — Panoceanic Films
- A top footballer loses her footing after a failed season.
- She regains a taste for life and sport thanks to a nature lover.
- Aurore Planas is a discovery opposite Florian Hessique in the invigorating “Christmas Challenge”.
What if happiness was in the chalet? Christmas Challengeby Florian Hessique demonstrates this when a footballer who has lost her way takes refuge in Haute-Savoie to be cheered up by a coach who teaches her above all how to; take stock of its priorities.
“I wanted to make a Christmas movie that wasnël not too cheesy, the director confides to; 20 Minutes. There is magic intended for do good to the viewer but also a more serious theme.” Like that of restoring confidence in an athlete who no longer believes in herself and who embodies the discovery of Aurore Planas, astonishing in her first major role.
Mental preparation for top-level athletes
“I based myself on on my own experience to write the film and I thought to several women that I have come across in my activity; to create my hero,” explains the director of The Legend and The Present Moment. Along with his career as a filmmaker, Florian Hessique takes care of the mental preparation of high-level footballers and basketball players, a source of fascinating encounters that have fueled The Christmas Challenge.
The heroine at her wits end in the first part of the film picks up the momentum when she comes into contact with the gruff but tender man played by Florian Hessique himself. “It is obvious that, on the scale of the problems of the world, to no longer manage to Scoring a goal may seem insignificant, he says, but professional athletes have made great sacrifices for their discipline which is at the center of their existence.”
The public knows; t the same metamorphosis as the heroine of the film. By changing context and concerns, the latter takes the step back necessary to start off on the right foot after taking up The Christmas Challenge.