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Adventures of Felix (Widescreen) [Import]

Sami Bouajila , Patachou , Jacques Martineau , Olivier Ducastel    Unrated   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Unlike many gay-themed films, Adventures of Felix isn't about how the title character comes out of the closet, falls in love, or contracts HIV. We meet Felix (Sami Bouajila), who is of Arab descent, after these things have already come to pass. He and his partner live happily together in Dieppe, and his condition is under control. When he loses his job, he decides to travel to Marseilles to meet the father who left before he was born. Thus begins a road trip that is divided into five parts ("My Grandmother," "My Sister," etc.) as Felix meets strangers who help him out in various ways and come to fulfill these roles. By the time he reaches his destination, he realizes that family is what you make it. It may sound simplistic, but Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau spin the tale in an engaging manner, and Bouajila is a real find. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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An HIV-positive French North African takes an unconvential journey on a quest for his father who he's never met. On his way, he discovers that family need not always be connected by blood.

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3.0 out of 5 stars has potential, but a bit slow and dull July 22 2003
The movie does have potential. Felix is gay and is an Arab in France. He does not know his father, but develops odd and interesting relationships with random strangers that are kind enough to let him in. This is a coming of age movie in wehre Felix sees that family does not mean blood, that friends and lovers are can be like family; that his father is not that important.
The theme is interesting, but the characters are not very well developed and teh beginning is very dry. One does not get to know Felix very well and see why he must meet his father, he seems comfortable with his lifestyle with his lover and the end is a bit flat also.
Not very entertaining, but good intentions. It is also a pretty short movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Families can be created July 15 2002
This is a film about an orphan man hitching his way through France to meet his father for the first time. In his journey he learns that families do not have to be biological to be of value. The film is broken up in seven pieces: the introduction of the main character, a plot thread (murder!) to weave the film together, then a meeting of 5 people that becomes his family. The "grandmother" and "sister" story lines are very well done. They clearly illustrate the needs of these characters to make deep connections with each other and the brief events that tie them together. Unfortunately, the other three encounters fail to do as well. It is hard to imagine that the lead would actually keep in touch with the men he meets along the way. The "little brother" story is cute and has many great monents, but the characters fail to connect in a lasting way. The "cousin" vignette is simply gratuitous and nothing more (like too many American gay films). The "father" section wraps up the film without really establishing any significant connection with the two men. I am giving this film four stars because it is a nice film about discovery and family. A welcome change from many of the other gay films out there. Still I am left wishing for a remake that could demonstrate some real male bonding. If you like films that are French, gay, or the theme of creating a family is one that has touched your life, then this film is worthy of your collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful piece of work Jan. 31 2003
By aj
You have HIV and you just got laid off from your job. What do you do? You go on a trip and have fun, that is what! Felix, French-Arab gay man, hits the road to find his father in the heavely Arab populated southern France city of Marsaille. On the road, he meets people who each bring a missing part to his life.
The straight actor who plays Felix, Sami Bouajila, a French-Arab himself, is so good at acting that he has an oomph! Directors Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau have dished in the DVD commentary that Bouajila even added an unscripted kiss to the movie. Now, that is what I call a straight man; a guy who is not confused about his sexuality.
Felix, who witnesses a murder, has to battle with his own racial fears. But, in a French soap opera, he finds a distraction from life's turbulous times. Truly, this 2000 French work is an adventureous movie, indeed. It is available from all large bookstores. Two thumps up, definitely.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Left Me Flat March 16 2003
By A Customer
What I had read about the movie made me want to watch it. But, it took three nights to finish it. This one man's journey didn't seem to go anywhere. Somehow, I was waiting for resolution, but didn't get that sense. I didn't find that many redeeming qualities in the Felix. He didn't seem to feel any guilt for car theft, treating a lovelorn teen badly, and generally just being more cynical than I got the sense that he needed to be. As he travels, he encounters 4 different people who supposedly have an influence on him and his journey. But I didn't see him take any of that with him as he went. I guess that I ended up confused about what all the fuss was about. Merely passing through lives doesn't do much for me. Becoming a different person after having encountered others does. Felix didn't really change or grow from his experiences, and I am left with a flat feeling, having not gained anything from the movie either.
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4.0 out of 5 stars one man's journey Jan. 21 2003
In my opinion this film is all about one man's journey across France in the 90s. It is a singular look at one man's experiences with being gay, Arab and HIV+ against the backdrop of a "family" made of up of people he meets along the way.
His character is interesting, annoying and charming in a way that most scripts would never dare to portray. And though the script is flawed, it is funny and shows France as it is at the moment, and that is not just about Paris! Each of his "family" are like archetypes of modern French people e.g. the spoiled student looking for thrills, the old women with memories of the old French Empire, the Parisian leftist professor boyfriend etc.
It is not a perfect story but very good and quite diverting.
However, if you're looking for cheap thrills, don't let the box cover fool you. That scene is good but not indicative of the whole movie.
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By J. Case
I saw this at an alternative cinema and am only now buying it in DVD to have. Felix decides to take a brief trip away from his boyfriend to search for his long-lost father in the south of France (Marseille). Along the way he comes across people that he fits into the category of relative: my sister, my little brother, etc. It is a simple story, but one that the French and, with few exceptions, only the French, do so well. You will like Felix the person, laugh at his adventures, recognize his virtues and his faults, and be astounded with the mystery of life by the end of the movie. Highly recommended if this is your thing. Even a straight person not into gay cinema (i.e., 99.99% of straight people) would find it an amusing French slice-of-life and not egregriously scandalous from a sexual nature.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless
That and arbitrary, boring, unbelievable and even silly. Those were the words that came to my mind watching the movie, and I couldn't finish it. Read more
Published on July 4 2004 by J. A. T.
5.0 out of 5 stars depth without being 'gay' but rather homosexual
I bought this dvd as a pig in a poke. I loved it. The main character is not only very handsome but has some depth. Read more
Published on May 27 2003 by Roger L. Vandermeer
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK
If you have travelled around France and enjoy the scenery this movie will take you back and you can appreciate the countryside. Read more
Published on Dec 27 2002 by "mc1833"
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst movie EVER!
This is by far the worst movie ever, and mentioning the worst gay movie I have ever seen. It carries not substace whatsoever, the main character is boring and predictable. Read more
Published on Dec 20 2002 by K. S. Wei
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic movie
I love this truly heatwarming movie. I place the Adventures of Felix along side some of my favorite "gay-themed" movies--those being: Lilies, Beautiful Thing, Maurice, Alive and... Read more
Published on Aug. 14 2002 by GEORGE RANNIE
1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of time
I found this movie to be extremely dull. While the casual, sensual way that gay love was portrayed was nice, it didn't make up for the lack of a plot line, listless banter, and... Read more
Published on June 12 2002 by Brian Chavez
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Well done, feel good, and extremely realistic. Sami potrayed the character well. Another great french film.
Published on May 5 2002 by Nick
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and unpredictable
I can count on the fingers of one hand the gay-themed films I would watch more than once -- most of them are either catty sit-coms stretched out over two insufferable hours, or... Read more
Published on April 14 2002
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