Movie of the Month: The Ideal Palace

December 2, 2019
An incredible true story.

Based on the incredible true story of Joseph Ferdinand Cheval (Jacques Gamblin), comes the remarkable tale of a simple postman who spent 33 years crafting the magnificent ‘Ideal Palace’, and now director Nils Tavernier has made a film about this extraordinary story.

Every day, Cheval travels along the river Drôme from village to village, quiet and alone he enjoys the solitude of his rounds, daydreaming about a world full of wonder he can only imagine through postcards. After his wife, Philomena (Laetitia Casta) gives birth to their daughter Alice, Cheval decides to build Alice a palace fit for a princess. With only his bare hands, his love for his daughter and the dedication of his wife, he starts carefully collecting stones and begins building the historically classified monument, The Ideal Palace.

Spectacular photography and equally noteworthy performances give credence to this absorbing parable of persistence and vision, the larger-than-life undertaking of one very reserved man and the huge legacy he bestowed on France.

In December, each ClubInk member receives a double pass to The Ideal Palace. Join ClubInk here:, and get a double pass every month during the course of your membership, a birthday present and much more!

The Ideal Palace is in cinemas December 12, 2019

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