Adventures of Felix (2001)
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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.
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.
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.
It has a personable character in Felix.
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.
This was a tolerable movie. Not impressive by any means. You can find racism everywhere, appreciate the love that you already have
Perhaps only French could make a potentially gloomy background (Felix, the main character, is a gay, HIV+, Arabian in France who has just being laid-off; with a paternity question) into something so positive, optimistic & laid-back.
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