Kathy, a secretive and rebellious teenager, wants only one thing: to escape from the psychiatric facility in which she's been locked up. She very quickly escapes and goes to find her father, the only one who can free her from this prison.


Virginie Gourmel


Micha Wald
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Credited cast:
Lisa Viance Lisa Viance ... Kathy
Yamina Zaghouani Yamina Zaghouani ... Nabila
Noa Pellizari Noa Pellizari ... Carole
Alessandro Mancuso Alessandro Mancuso ... Noah
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Guillaume Lemarre ... Infirmier
Lionel Liégeois Lionel Liégeois ... L'ambulancier
Benoit Moureaux Benoit Moureaux ... Dancer
Pierre Nisse ... Michel
Jean-Louis Sbille ... Le vieux conducteur


Katy, a teenager, is force interned in a psychiatric facility after her mother died. She is a room with Nabila and Carole, two other teens with different problems than Katy. Since the beginning, as she got interned against her will Katy struggle to accept any help from the professionals and only have one thing in her mind: escape her "prision" and find her daddy. As she easy, runs from the psychiatric clinic, Nabila and Carole got away too. So now the three girls have to find a way to go from France to Belgium and find Katy's father. But they don't know what the journey has prepares for them.

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Girls On a Run - a Good Movie
3 November 2020 | by rajdoctorSee all my reviews

I saw a Belgium movie - CAVALE (2018) - meaning "On the Run" I have always loved the genre - road movies and coming to age movies have always liked movies directed by women directress.. This movie at least ticks all those criteria

Upon the death of her drug addict mother - a suicidal teenager girl Kathy (Lisa Viance) is forcibly sent to a psychiatric correction center - to share the room with Nabila (Yamina Zaghouani) and Carole .(Noa Pellizart) Kathy runs away from the ward along with her roommates in search of her estranged father who deserted her mother.

There starts the journey of three girls in a stolen car along the Belgium highways in the rural beautiful countryside.

After a journey of mis-adventures - accidents, hitch-hiking, danger, fun, fights, humour, and long walks through forests Kathy finally tracks her father. To avenge her mother's death and her terrible life - she kidnaps her 6 years old step-brother for a ransom, leaving the police pursuing these girls.

No spoilers here - what happens after that forms the rest of the story

The cameraperson cinematographer turned directress Virginie Gourmel does a fine job on several fronts:

1) perfect casting 2) taking excellent performances from all the main leads 3) keeping an objective distance with her camera 4) capturing the Belgium rural landscape beautifully 5) depicting the psyche of adolescent teenage girls truthfully 6) giving a good psychological look at the traumas of youth who are lost in life. 7) keeping some intriguing loose ends open for audiences to ponder. 8) presenting a hard social critical look on the reality of life

Kudos to the Directress for an excellent full-length feature film debut. She has very well partnered with the writer Micha Wald.

All the three girls have acted very well while depicting totally different personalities and psychological make-up so perfectly. Their faces are fresh and acting is spontaneous.

The winner though is the young boy who plays the step-brother of Kathy. He steals the show with his innocence with trusting eyes towards his kidnapper step-sister Kathy.

The cinematography and music is very good.

The movie has won four nominations at international film festivals It is a good European movie to watch - which has its own pace and ample moments to dig the audience's interests.

Surely it leaves us with a sad dry lump and tears in the eyes in our throat in the end.

I will go with 7 out of 10

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