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A French road movie with an unlikely and mystifying title, Western is actually a romantic comedy-drama from writer-director Manuel Poirier. A charming Spanish shoe salesman, Paco (Sergi Lopez), picks up a Russian hitchhiker, Nino (Sacha Bourdo). Nino steals Paco's flashy car because Nino thinks that it will help him find a woman. Paco is befriended by Marinette (Elisabeth Vitali), and they fall in love, but he loses his job. Paco attacks Nino, but the two later become friends. Marinette tells
Jul 24, 1998 Wide
Nov 10, 2008
New Yorker Films
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A delightfully subtle and perceptive blend of romantic comedy and road movie.
The adventures are arbitrary, the cuteness of the men grows wearing, and when Nino has an accident with a chainsaw, we can see contrivance shading off into desperation.
One of the most refreshing aspects of Manuel Poirier's Western ... is the way it explodes many common notions about France and French movies.
A funny, romantic film filled with cozy intimacies and lovely, wide-screen images of the French countryside.
A charmer from France that feels like a throwback to the 1960s, when foreign films flooded art- house cinemas.
A charming and -- dare I use this word in a FT review? -- delightful road movie.
Funny, touching, familiar yet original.
viewers who insist on sturdy plots, admirable characters and lots of action will undoubtedly be bored senseless by Poirier's trek through Brittany -- the title refers to the western region of France.
If none of these characters is overweeningly compelling, they are all undeniably charming.
Touted as a comedy, it's actually nothing of the sort, struggling to get anywhere near the British funny bone.
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