CineFranco 2014: On My Way Review

On My Way

On My Way

Iconic actress Catherine Deneuve stars as a woman who when faced with a failed relationship and a struggling restaurant decides to head out on a road trip.  What begins as a quick journey to clear her head turns into a bumpy ride filled with chance encounters, revisiting with old friends, the rekindling of her relationship with her daughter, and a new bond with her grandson.

Writer/director Emmanuelle Bercot crafts this story at a very slow pace, letting moments linger and simmer.  It’s not a forced or manufactured, “Get Your Groove Back” kind of story full of wish fulfilment and simple answers, but one that falls into natural beats and believable situations.  While that style can certainly feel a little scattershot, at times it really works, feeling like a comfortably lazy Saturday afternoon matinee affair.  The dramatic elements of the story are well placed and come at the right moments to offset the aimlessness of the rest of the picture.

Deneuve still exudes powerful, undeniable charisma in a role that’s been done before, but never quite with her take on it.  It’s a simple, unpretentious character study that the film’s target audience can easily relate to. (Dave Voigt)

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Screens

 Monday, March 31st, 6:30 PM, The Royal

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