The Adventures of Felix

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  • Comedy, Drama, Foreign , produced in 2000 France
  • Actors: Sami Bouajila, Ariane Ascaride
  • Directed by: Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau
  • Rating: 7.2 out of 10
  • Plot Summary: Felix (Sami Bouajila) is an HIV-positive thirtysomething homosexual. In this film about family and the discovery of self, Felix is first seen jauntily riding his bike. When he gets laid off from work and starts cleaning out his dead mother's house, Felix uncovers some old letters from his father, who he's never met. The discovery takes Felix on a hitchhiking journey to Marseilles to search for the family that he never had. On the way, he meets a number of quirky characters identified by intertitles that describe each one respectively as his little brother, his grandmother, his cousin, his sister, and finally his father; in what becomes his surrogate family. Felix kills time on the highway singing songs as he sashays through the emerald fuzz of the French countryside, waiting for a car to pick him up. He's at home in a field of buttercups, flying a kite, or crooning to the sun to come out and shine, and he never misses his favorite soap opera about a viciously superficial family that's out to get each other. In the end, directors Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau allow Felix to show us that the bonds within family are about much more than blood.
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