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A French road movie with an unlikely and mystifying title, Western is actually a romantic comedy-drama from writer-director Manuel Poirier. A charming Spanish shoe salesman, Paco (Sergi Lopez), picks up a Russian hitchhiker, Nino (Sacha Bourdo). Nino steals Paco's flashy car because Nino thinks that it will help him find a woman. Paco is befriended by Marinette (Elisabeth Vitali), and they fall in love, but he loses his job. Paco attacks Nino, but the two later become friends. Marinette tells Paco that she wants to have a trial separation before making a commitment, so Paco and Nino take a… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A delightfully subtle and perceptive blend of romantic comedy and road movie."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"A funny, romantic film filled with cozy intimacies and lovely, wide-screen images of the French countryside."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"A charming and -- dare I use this word in a FT review? -- delightful road movie."
‑ Merle Bertrand, Film Threat
"If none of these characters is overweeningly compelling, they are all undeniably charming."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A charmer from France that feels like a throwback to the 1960s, when foreign films flooded art- house cinemas."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"Funny, touching, familiar yet original."
‑ Lael Loewenstein, Boxoffice Magazine
"Touted as a comedy, it's actually nothing of the sort, struggling to get anywhere near the British funny bone."
‑ Julie Stevens, Empire Magazine
"One of the most refreshing aspects of Manuel Poirier's Western ... is the way it explodes many common notions about France and French movies."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A road movie unlike any other you've yet seen."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"viewers who insist on sturdy plots, admirable characters and lots of action will undoubtedly be bored senseless by Poirier's trek through Brittany -- the title refers to the western region of France."
‑ James Sanford, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"This richly satisfying French movie takes the archetypal road story into some uncharted territory."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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