The Adventures of Felix (Drôle de Félix)
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The Adventures of Felix (Drôle de Félix)
Olivier Ducastel directs this charming comedy about going on a rather long walk. Felix (Sami Bouajila) is a laid-back guy living in the bleak northern coastal town of Dieppe. He lives happily with his lover Daniel (Pierre-Loup Rajot), a soap opera enthusiast and HIV victim. After losing his job, Felix decides to find the father he never knew in Marseilles. Agreeing to meet Daniel in the southern port city in a week's time, Felix throws on his backpack and starts hiking.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Paul Malcolm, L.A. Weekly
"It has a personable character in Felix."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"delightful new road comedy by the equally delightful directors/lovers Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau."
‑ Brandon Judell, PopcornQ
"There is a sort of sun-washed gay complacency to Adventures of Felix, a streak of greeting card glibness."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
" does provide a charismatic telling of a young man's journey to find himself..."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"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."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Although the movie never so much as flirts with melodrama, there is still a bittersweet undercurrent throughout Adventures of Felix."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"I can't even begin to imagine what a crude American director would choose to do with it, and don't want to."
‑ Jason Clark, Matinee Magazine
"I like to see gay characters in films, but filmmakers can't specifically rely on their gayness to make them interesting."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
""The Adventures of Felix" and its star have charm to spare."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"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."
‑ Tom Sime, Dallas Morning News
"Bouajila's winning performance, and the film's timely tolerance, make Felix a movie road trip you'll want to take."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The greatest accomplishment of writer-directors Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau is that they can sustain subtle expressions of love, both physical and emotional... while also allowing these same characters to deal with the shortcomings of humanity."
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"A film whose surface charm never gets in the way of its profound seriousness about living life to the fullest."
‑ David Ehrenstein, New Times
"The picture is about as memorable as a nondescript television soap opera, which is something that the lead character dotes upon."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
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