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On My Way (2013)

Elle s'en va (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 18 September 2013 (France)
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Facing a failed relationship and a struggling restaurant, a woman hits the road for a trip with her grandson.

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Emmanuelle Bercot

Writers:

Emmanuelle Bercot (screenplay), Jérôme Tonnerre (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Deneuve ... Bettie
Némo Schiffman Némo Schiffman ... Charly
Gérard Garouste Gérard Garouste ... Alain
Camille Camille ... Muriel
Claude Gensac ... Annie
Paul Hamy Paul Hamy ... Marco
Mylène Demongeot ... Fanfan
Hafsia Herzi ... Jeanne
Evelyne Leclercq Evelyne Leclercq ... Miss Champagne 1969
Valérie Lagrange ... Miss France 1969
Valentin Guillaume Valentin Guillaume ... Erwan
Pierre Toulgoat Pierre Toulgoat ... Papy cigarette
Andréa Pocard Andréa Pocard ... Ado village
Marie Gombert Marie Gombert ... Ado village
Davina Guillevic Davina Guillevic ... Ado village
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Storyline

Deneuve plays sassy grandmother Cathy who takes to the road after being betrayed by her lover and learning her business is on the verge of bankruptcy on the same day. During a week long odyssey across France, she spends time with a grandson she hardly knows and reconnects with her past as former Miss Brittany through a reunion for former beauty queens. Written by AnonymousB

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Comedy | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 September 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El viaje de Bettie See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,536, 16 March 2014

Gross USA:

$317,324

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,505,705
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Ambitious…Average…French.
20 May 2014 | by Jonathon_NatsisSee all my reviews

Quintessentially French in almost every way, from the extended stare shots to an abundance of cigarette smoke and, of course, numerous mental breakdowns from a character vainly trying to find her place in the universe, Emmanuelle Bercot's (Backstage) road trip dramedy On My Way has all the stylings of a heartfelt foreign gem, but never fleshes out the very promising relationships forged by its cast, opting instead for mediocrity through melodrama.

The inarguable highlight is the performance of Catherine Deneuve, one-time sex kitten turned French film royalty, who – still stunning in her late sixties – keeps the film rolling with her dedicated, complex portrayal of Bettie, an aimless restaurant owner who tries to stitch up her frayed relationship with daughter Muriel (singer-songwriter Camille) by taking her grandson, the flamboyant Charly (Nemo Schiffman) on a cross-country road trip.

Like most car-buddy films, the reward lies in the journey, not the destination. On My Way runs into both peaks and troughs in this area, with some moments deftly illustrating the different worlds Bettie and her grandson come from (especially touching is the pair sharing terrible Chinese food in a two-star motel while discussing love and loss), while others leave you demanding Charly cop a smack around the head from his decidedly pushover grandma.

When Bettie finally delivers Charly to the mansion of his estranged grandfather – now the mayor of a remote country village – the film's loose ends struggle to catch up to an ambitious ending that unfortunately closes on a whimper, not a bang. On My Way is a pleasant ride, sure, just not a memorable one.

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