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The Adventures of Felix (Drôle de Félix) (2001)

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 17
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A man considers the fine line between friendship and family as he crosses France by foot in this comedy. Felix (Sami Bouajila) is a cheerful thirty-something from Normandy who is part-Arab by birth and 100 percent French by inclination; Felix is also gay and HIV-positive, though the ups and downs of the characters on his favorite soap opera trouble him more than his health, which he regards with a good-natured stoicism. Felix has never really known his father, who left his mother before Felix

Feb 19, 2002

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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.

October 1, 2002 Full Review Source: 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.

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: 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.

December 6, 2001 Full Review Source: 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.

September 21, 2001 Full Review Source: 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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delightful new road comedy by the equally delightful directors/lovers Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau.

December 10, 2002 Full Review Source: PopcornQ
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I can't even begin to imagine what a crude American director would choose to do with it, and don't want to.

June 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

The greatest accomplishment of writer-directors Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau is that they can sustain subtle expressions of love, both physical and emotional... while also allowing these same characters to deal with the shortcomings of humanity.

September 21, 2001
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

There is a sort of sun-washed gay complacency to Adventures of Felix, a streak of greeting card glibness.

August 24, 2001 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

I like to see gay characters in films, but filmmakers can't specifically rely on their gayness to make them interesting.

August 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A film whose surface charm never gets in the way of its profound seriousness about living life to the fullest.

August 9, 2001
New Times

...it does provide a charismatic telling of a young man's journey to find himself...

August 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
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"The Adventures of Felix" and its star have charm to spare.

August 5, 2001 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
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The picture is about as memorable as a nondescript television soap opera, which is something that the lead character dotes upon.

August 4, 2001 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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