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The Adventures of Felix (2000)

Drôle de Félix (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 19 April 2000 (France)
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A tale revolving around the carefree and bon-vivant, Felix, who is content living with his boyfriend, Daniel in the town of Dieppe in Northern France. When Felix is laid off from his job, ... See full summary »

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Olivier Ducastel (co-director), Jacques Martineau (co-director)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sami Bouajila ... Félix
Patachou Patachou ... Mathilde Firmin
Ariane Ascaride ... Isabelle
Pierre-Loup Rajot Pierre-Loup Rajot ... Daniel
Charly Sergue Charly Sergue ... Jules
Maurice Bénichou ... Fisherman
Philippe Garziano Philippe Garziano ... Railroader
Didier Mahieu Didier Mahieu ... Friend / Unionist
Aliette Langolff-Colas Aliette Langolff-Colas ... Unemployment Secretary
Arno Feffer Arno Feffer ... Man on Pentatherapy
Clément Dupré Clément Dupré ... Teenager with Kite
Clément Révérend Clément Révérend ... Laurent, the Assailant
Daniel Lesur Daniel Lesur ... Bar Owner
Antoine Marneur Antoine Marneur ... Salesman
Lisa Guez Lisa Guez ... Little Girl
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Storyline

A tale revolving around the carefree and bon-vivant, Felix, who is content living with his boyfriend, Daniel in the town of Dieppe in Northern France. When Felix is laid off from his job, he decides to take a road trip to Marseilles to track down the father he's never met. Backpack in tow, Felix sets out walking, hitching and borrowing cars to get to the south of France. Springtime is budding, nature is at its best, and some unique characters await Felix along the dirtroads and byways of the French countryside. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Sometimes a little trip can change everything.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Unrated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Pyramide

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

19 April 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of Felix See more »

Filming Locations:

Dieppe, Seine-Maritime, France

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,275, 17 June 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$363,409
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Félix: I'm gay.
Mathilde Firmin: Not you...
Félix: What do you mean? I'm gay.
Mathilde Firmin: I've known gay guys, but not you!
Félix: I said I'm gay! How can I prove it?
Mathilde Firmin: You seem so sure of yourself, I believe you.
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Tout Doucement
Lyrics by René Clausier
Music by Jean Mercadier
Performed by Blossom Dearie
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Less ideals and more real.
11 August 2001 | by Paul CreedenSee all my reviews

This light hearted travelogue managed to illuminate racism, HIV, aging, death, passion, commitment and fear with a gentle seductive light. It has less ideals than American films like it. Therefore, it seemed much more real, mostly. One big issue, homophobia, is treated most strangely as an anachronism. Felix makes out with his various men in public with fearless abandon, while he seems intensely aware of his Arab-ness. I can allow for the common American notion that Europeans are easier about public displays, but this aspect of the film did seem less real and more idealized. The French countryside is also portrayed in a very real way. Highways and power plants everywhere. Yet, the natural lighting and choice of shots conveyed the persisting charm of France. I was reminded of Eric Rohmer films, like "Autumn Tale". Sami Bouajila, as Felix, has camera chemistry and acts well. The supporting cast is evenly talented. I was thrilled to see Patachou, whom we haven't seen often enough here in the States. I think this film will be remembered as a very good movie with universal appeal, not a gay snapshot, like many of its American cousins.


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