If the idea of a French, subtitled, gay, soul-searching road film doesn't exactly sound like your cup of tea, think again: Drole de Felix
is a film that will transcend any barrier. Felix of the title is a young, gay French Arab who decides to travel south from Normandy to Marseilles in search of the father who abandoned him before he was born. His journey (mainly by hitchhiking but also by slightly less legal means) forms the bulk of the film's storyline, combined with a handful of characters who become brief but important parts of his life. Sami Bouajili carries the film magnificently, switching effortlessly from the lighter, comedic moments (of which there are many, including a surprising amount regarding the character's HIV-positive status) to Felix's search for self. There is a rather unnecessary subplot concerning a witnessed murder, but even it has a moving conclusion. On paper, perhaps, not the most enticing of prospects, Drole de Felix
is, in it's own quiet way, a gem. --Phil Udell
After the death of his mother, Félix discovers a box of letters from his father, who deserted her before he was born. Deciding that the seeds of his past are rich with stories about his mother and how cam to be, Félix decides to go on a search to find his father, and find out about that one half of his genetic make-up that he never knew. Leaving Dieppe, and promising to meet his lover Daniel five days later in Marseille, Félix takes to the road. He decides to hitchhike across France, avoiding all major cities en route. This beautiful road movie slowly seduces the viewer, submerging them into a France where powerful issues that are rarely explored are tackled with great subtlety and intelligence.