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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
Format:DVD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars depth without being 'gay' but rather homosexual May 28 2003
Format:DVD
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. The movie relates his experiences in life in general and they all add up to making Felix a human being who is in touch with people and not just a homosexual limited to 'gay' circles.I highly recommend the movie
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2.0 out of 5 stars Left Me Flat March 16 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
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 A delightful piece of work Jan. 31 2003
By aj
Format:DVD
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars one man's journey Jan. 22 2003
Format:DVD
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK Dec 27 2002
Format:DVD
If you have travelled around France and enjoy the scenery this movie will take you back and you can appreciate the countryside. Other than that it wasn't that special at all, so if you are expecting a movie to "wow" you, skip this one. The picture on the front makes it seem that this could be an interesting movie, but in reality the story line is pretty boring and could have been developed further. The intention was good but those unrealistic encounters along his travels just do not make sense. OK to rent for home viewing - don't waste your money on owning this one.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worst movie EVER! Dec 20 2002
Format:DVD
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. If you want to see a great gay movie BIG EDEN is the movie to watch
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic movie Aug. 14 2002
Format:DVD
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 Kicking, Dona Herlinda and her Son, My Beautiful Laundrete and I Think I Do.
This movie shows that a person's acquantances and/or friends can turn out to be family--something that gay people have known for ever.
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