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Adventures of Felix (Widescreen) (Version française) [Import]
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.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on July 4 2004 by J. A. T.
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 morePublished on May 27 2003 by Roger L. Vandermeer
If you have travelled around France and enjoy the scenery this movie will take you back and you can appreciate the countryside. Read morePublished on Dec 27 2002
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 morePublished on Dec 20 2002 by K. S. Wei
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 morePublished on Aug. 14 2002 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on June 12 2002 by Brian Chavez
Well done, feel good, and extremely realistic. Sami potrayed the character well. Another great french film.Published on May 5 2002 by Nick
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