The King of Escape (2014)




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As warm and affecting as it is fearlessly outlandish and matter-of-factly surreal, THE KING OF ESCAPE features Ludovic Berthillot, in a brave and unforgettably vanity-free performance, as Armand, a gay, overweight, middle-aged tractor salesman. After rescuing a 16-year-old girl (Curly, played by the gifted Hafsia Herzi) from an attempted sexual assault, Armand finds her developing an unlikely crush on him. Already struggling with mid-life doubts, he decides to give the relationship a go, triggering a delirious, increasingly bizarre chain of events. Fleeing across the French countryside, Armand and Curly are pursued by an eccentric cast of characters, who give ample evidence of Guiraudie's unselfconscious, flattery-free focus on types (economic, social, physical, or sexual) who are rarely represented on-screen. Paradoxically, THE KING OF ESCAPE becomes increasingly grounded and genuinely wise the stranger it gets. Convulsively hilarious and profoundly liberating, it's unlike anything else under the sun. (c) Anthology
Art House & International , Comedy
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Ludovic Berthillot
as Armand Lacourtade
Pierre Laur
as Robert Rapaille

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Critic Reviews for The King of Escape

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

Above all, the film makes us interested in what Mr. Guiraudie will come up with next.

Full Review… | April 10, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

[A] bumptious yet tender comedy.

Full Review… | April 9, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

Wafer-thin plot is more an excuse for parading a rich selection of character types than anything else, as, refreshingly, the movie never gets tied up in emotional angst or sexual guilt.

Full Review… | April 9, 2014
Top Critic

Weaving numerous influences into a rich emotional tapestry, Alain Guiraudie's The King of Escape skillfully absorbs and updates its assertive cinematic forebears.

Full Review… | April 8, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

Cruising for Alain Guiraudie seems to be the way of nature, a drive that doesn't discriminate.

Full Review… | April 9, 2014
Slant Magazine

[The film is] infused with unexpected streaks of whimsy and fantasy.

Full Review… | April 9, 2014
Screen International

Audience Reviews for The King of Escape

We watched this based on the stellar reviews by 7 pro-reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes. Apparently the filmmakers think everyone older man is this French town is bi-sexual tending toward homosexual. The film follows a forlorn and somewhat confused older gay guy as he gets infatuated with a teenaged girl and has various drug and sexual experiences. Slow and doesn't really go anywhere or say anything. Kept giving it another ten minutes and finished it but it was ultimately unsatisfying and kind of lame. A bit of a waste of time.

Steven Moody
Steven Moody

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