Monday, March 10, 2014

The Adventures of Felix / Drôle de Félix

 Released Year: 2000
Directed by Olivier Ducastel & Jaques Martineau

Casted by:
Sami Bouajila as Félix
Patachou as Mathilde Firmin
Ariane Ascaride as Isabelle
Pierre-Loup Rajot as Daniel
Charly Sergue as Jules
Maurice Bénichou as Fisherman
Philippe Garziano as Railroader
Didier Mahieu as Friend / Unionist
Félix, a young gay man of Arab descent, living in Dieppe, is currently unemployed and HIV positive. While cleaning out the apartment of his recent deceased mother, he discovers that the father he never knew is living in Marseilles. Félix decides to hitchhike south to meet him, promising to see his lover Daniel there five days later.

Carrying with him only a small bag, his HIV medication and a rainbow kite, Félix takes to the road. He witnesses a racist attack and is beaten up by one of the assailants. He is unable, however, to bring himself to report it to the police. Later, Félix encounters a series of people who form an alternative family for him: a young gay man studying art, who Félix teaches to draw, a lone old widow, who shelters him in her house, a handsome railroad worker, with whom he has a brief sexual encounter, a mother of three children by three different fathers, and a kind, middle aged fisherman. As he calls each of these characters "brother", "cousin", "grandmother" and the like, he gradually constructs a sort of family and new understandings of life through this odyssey, no matter whether he actually meets his "true" father at the end of the story.

Félix is haunted by the racist crime he witnessed, in which he learns, the victim died, and in his inability to do anything about it. Stopping at a hotel, he sees the police arresting the murderer. When he arrives at Marseilles, Felix decides not to see his father and goes instead on a romantic holiday to Tunisia with his lover.
 L² Scored: 7/10

L² Comment:  
The storyline is not bad, but there's some part which really bored me out. But not a bad thing to watch it as i'm not expecting any nude scenes but there they are lol~

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