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The Adventures of Felix (2000)

Cast: Ariane Ascaride, Ariane Ascaride, Maurice Benichou, more...
Director: Olivier Ducastel, Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau, more...
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Fox Lorber
Genre: Comedies, Foreign, France, Gay & Lesbian, Features, Quest, Road Movies
Running Time: 95 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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A man considers the fine line between friendship and family as he crosses France by foot in this comedy. Felix (Sami Bouajila) is a cheerful thirty-something from Normandy who is part-Arab by birth and 100 percent French by inclination; Felix is also gay and HIV-positive, though the ups and downs of the characters on his favorite soap opera trouble him more than his health, which he regards with a good-natured stoicism. Felix has never really known his father, who left his mother before Felix was born, and after he receives some old letters his dad wrote to his mother, Felix decides its time they talked before it's too late. Figuring his father's likely whereabouts in Marseilles from the letters, Felix packs up his knapsack and hits the road, planning on hiking cross country and meeting up with his boyfriend, Daniel (Pierre-Loup Rajot), in a couple of weeks. Along the way, Felix's open-hearted charm allows him to make several new friends, and before long he's bonded with a number of people he's embraced as a surrogate family: Mathilde (Patachou), an elderly woman with regrets about her life; Isabelle (Ariane Ascaride), a single mother who can't find a stable relationship; Daniel (Pierre-Loup Rajot), a teenager coming to terms with his sexuality; and a "cousin" (Philippe Garziano) interested in kites with whom Felix has a brief fling (while they practice safe sex, their al fresco encounter leads to a dreaded and painful malady -- poison ivy). As Felix moves onwards toward Marseilles, he and his new friends ponder the notion of family -- is it defined by blood, or by your heart and soul? Drôle de Félix was released in English-speaking territories under two different titles, Funny Felix and The Adventures of Felix. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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Gentle, occasionally dull by AOsher February 26, 2008 - 8:51 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
The photography is good to look at and the honesty sometimes surprising. Fortunately, the movie is short because it can drag. Felix has some interesting things to say about life.

fun and light by alexjb November 30, 2005 - 9:46 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
this is much more a 'finding oneself' movie than a 'gay' movie. the fact that felix is gay is actually pretty secondary. his arabic heritage comes into play much more in driving at least some of the plot. he does have some guy-guy encounters, but those could just as easily have been with women as far as the point of the film is concerned.

one of the main themes is that felix is going to find his dad, whom he has never known. along the way, he has adventures with a few others whom he identifies with as sort of virtual family members. in the tradition of all 'quest' stories, each person helps felix along materially, as well as providing spiritual/personal lessons, purposefully or incidentally.

a fun film if you speak french or don't mind the subtitles. nothing really striking from a visual/cinematographic sense; glimpses of French countryside, but it's definitely not made to enhance tourism, or to celebrate the beauty of france.

i gave it a mediocre rating because i wasn't raptly caught up at any point, and i doubt that i'll watch it again, but hey - your mileage may vary !

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