Adventures of Felix (2001)



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Olivier Ducastel directs this charming comedy about going on a rather long walk. Felix (Sami Bouajila) is a laid-back guy living in the bleak northern coastal town of Dieppe. He lives happily with his lover Daniel (Pierre-Loup Rajot), a soap opera enthusiast and HIV victim. After losing his job, Felix decides to find the father he never knew in Marseilles. Agreeing to meet Daniel in the southern port city in a week's time, Felix throws on his backpack and starts hiking.

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau
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On DVD: Feb 19, 2002
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Critic Reviews for Adventures of Felix

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (19)

It would all be too obviously feel-good if Ducastel and Martineau weren't also tuned in to the liberating drift of the open highway and a sharp native humor that adds needed flesh and blood to their walking metaphors.

Full Review… | October 1, 2002
L.A. Weekly
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Narratively, what we have here is a basic road movie, a genre that too often doubles as an excuse to hide a flawed script -- merely an episodic series of loose vignettes.

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
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We realize early on that nothing much is going to happen ... and it's hard to stay fully engaged with a film that, frontal nudity notwithstanding, plays it so safe.

Full Review… | December 6, 2001
Dallas Morning News
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It has a personable character in Felix.

October 25, 2001
Washington Post
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Although the movie never so much as flirts with melodrama, there is still a bittersweet undercurrent throughout Adventures of Felix.

Full Review… | September 21, 2001
Miami Herald
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Bouajila's winning performance, and the film's timely tolerance, make Felix a movie road trip you'll want to take.

September 21, 2001
Orlando Sentinel
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Audience Reviews for Adventures of Felix

This is a beautiful, unpretentious film. Sami Bouajila is gorgeous as is his portrayal of Felix and Patachou as Mathilde was perfectly cast and brilliantly played. If you're studying French, or just a casual student of language and come across the term "Joie de vivre", then look no further than this film for its definition because they fit each other to a T.
I've often lamented the sad state of American mainstream film but if you care to see a film done right and without a hundred million dollar budget, here it is. What the French do right seems so effortless, too; a simple story, exception players, film it in France. Olivier Ducastel has my vote for Director of the Century, just from this one film.

Jim Chatman

This was a tolerable movie. Not impressive by any means. You can find racism everywhere, appreciate the love that you already have

Dave Smith

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