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Western (1998)



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Wild circumstance leads two disparate immigrants to become unlikely travelling companions on the coastal roads of Brittany in hope of finding romantic adventure. For burly, handsome Spaniard Paco the quest is easy. For puny Russian Nino, it is a challenge, especially after he sets his sights on one woman.
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Critic Reviews for Western

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6)

A delightfully subtle and perceptive blend of romantic comedy and road movie.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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A funny, romantic film filled with cozy intimacies and lovely, wide-screen images of the French countryside.

January 1, 2000
New York Times
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A charmer from France that feels like a throwback to the 1960s, when foreign films flooded art- house cinemas.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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One of the most refreshing aspects of Manuel Poirier's Western ... is the way it explodes many common notions about France and French movies.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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A road movie unlike any other you've yet seen.

Full Review… | March 5, 2011
Austin Chronicle

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(***): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] An interesting road movie.


Manuel Poirier wrote and directed this film. It won several film festival accolades. Alas, the premiss makes it sound better than it is, since it's not tightly directed or well cast. The plot: Paco, a traveling salesman in France, has his company car swiped by a vagabond named Nino. This leaves Paco (fired for this) in a small French city where he manages to quickly hook up with a Frenchwoman. True love? Maybe. But she requires a cooling off period. Paco must leave for three weeks, and have no contact with her. At the end of that period, if they still want each other, they resume the romance. Just then Paco encounters the thief/vagabond Nino (but doesn't recover the car). Surprisingly enough, Paco decides to spend the three week cooling off period with this Nino, on the road. Nino is an ill-dressed immigrant from Russia, slight, unattractive, and capable of being quite unpleasant. The two then pass from one small French town to the next (lots of attractive rural footage), encountering local girls who are astonishingly easy to bed. Paco (the one who's supposedly in love with whatsername back in that first town) is quite the babe magnet. Nino does better than he deserves but not as well as Paco. This leads to friction. There's the set-up. We're supposed to be wondering whether Paco returns to his gal but the screenplay loses focus on that original issue so don't expect any satisfying resolution there. Other opinions: Actor Sergi Lopez just isn't hunky enough for his character; and something needs to be done to make Sacha Bourdo's character Nino more truly laughable.

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