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107 Ratings

On My Way

Elle s'en va

Directed by Emmanuelle Bercot
France, 2013
Comedy, Drama

Synopsis

Cathy, sixty and beautiful, runs a restaurant offering local specialties in a small town on the coast of Brittany, where she has always lived…

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On My Way Directed by Emmanuelle Bercot

Awards & Festivals

César Awards

2014 | 2 nominations including: Best Actress

Prix Louis Delluc

2013 | Nominee: Best Film

Catherine Deneuve stars in this agreeable character study… Her travels lead her to reconnect with her estranged daughter and grandson—and, predictably, her joie de vivre. This isn’t as sentimental as it might sound; Deneuve, fine as always, subtly emphasizes the character’s self-destructive side, providing a little medicine to help the sugar go down, and cowriter-director Emmanuelle Bercot (an actress herself) maintains a fluid pace that distracts from the schematic plotting.
April 23, 2014
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Unfortunately, the movie plays like a star vehicle that’s been hastily thrown together with little regard for rhythm or any overall shape… Only Deneuve’s weary glamour gives On My Way some life, and she can do only so much with a role that sees her first bicker with and then fall for both a little boy and a hunky middle-aged politician…
March 13, 2014
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It manages to be a mildly merry film in any case, because its realism is patient and inclusive, from the country bar full of harmless lager-drunk yahoos to the extended scene with an ancient, swollen-fingered man trying to roll a smoke for Deneuve’s nicotine-desperate heroine. (Moments like these feel improvised by locals.) In the end, we’re not paid off with a moral but merely with time spent in the remarkably humble company of, as Film Comment put it on their cover last year, Her Majesty.
March 12, 2014
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