THE DOMESTIQUE

By Kieron J. WALSH

CALACH FILMS - as PROD

Drama - Pre-Production 2018

This is the story of Dom Chabol – a support rider on the
Tour de France. Always a team player, Dom has devoted his life to the crushing, dog-eat-dog world of professional cycling. A perfect storm of events, including a surprising affair with a young doctor, suggests a chance at another life...

    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • IRELAND, LUXEMBOURG, BELGIUM
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 5 - 10 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Kieron J. WALSH
    • Producer(s)
    • Katie HOLLY (Blinder Films), Jesus GONZALEZ-ELVIRA (Calach Films), Nicolas BLONDEAU (Caviar), Robin KERREMANS (Caviar)
    • Synopsis
    • It’s 1998, the infamous year when the opening stages of the Tour De France are relocated to Ireland - and news breaks of the massive drug scandal permeating the sport.
      Dominique "Dom" Chabol (French - late 30s) has been one of the best 'Domestiques” (support rider) for the last 20 years. It’s a sacrificial role - setting pace, blocking wind, and providing support, to enable the team’s sprinter to victory - for domestiques, winning is not on the table.
      But at the start of the Tour, Dom is unceremoniously dropped. His best mate Sonny, the team masseur, fails to reassure him about his future. A chance liaison with Lynn, a young doctor, softens the blow, and with her help Dom starts to accept - and even enjoy - the idea of civilian life…
      But as he gears up to go home and to face his estranged sister, a massive doping error leaves a teammate literally pissing blood…
      … Dom is thrown back in the saddle - and realises it’s now or never if he ever hopes to be more than a domestique…
    • Partners & financing
    • Film Fund Luxembourg
      Irish Film Board
      Belgian Tax Shelter
      RTE
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Sep 17, 2018
    • End of shooting
    • Oct 26, 2018