When his twin brother dies, 50-year-old Willy leaves his parents’ home for the first time and moves to a neighboring village. “To Caudebec I shall go. I will find an apartment. I will have buddies. And to hell with you all!” Maladjusted, Willy sets out to find his place in an unfamiliar world.
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A story about dreams, and how they often fall apart, slowly devoured by the reality of "everyday life". I imagine this film might seem bland, but this is where its honesty lies - it captures the desperate feeling of a dreamer finally waking up, facing the harsh reality, where escape means only one thing. It's a film about a small town, where nothing happens, littered with lonely souls. Surprisingly strong acting.
(3.5 stars) The movie deals with those ghosts that haunt us. Everyone has them and they are all different from person to person. It also deals with the concept of finding your place and what you value. Mental illness and acceptance as well. Woven into the story, these concepts are presented in a realistic manner that makes you uncomfortable at times. But, to its credit, the movie never shies away from these issues.
;;; (almost kinda sorta) a small masterpiece from the plains of France...being a bit of a "loser" myself I really enjoyed this portrayal of a person trying to stretch their wings after a lifetime of being cooped up in a box...
Like Carson McCullers transported to working class Normandy, this movie charms! The central relationship is as sweet as it is improbable. What's more, it's funny without ever tapping into exploitation (despite many, many opportunities to do otherwise). It's refreshing to not feel cruel about laughing as a fifty year old mentally disabled man unknowingly takes a whiff of poppers...
Very good editing/script/image all in off notes relying on plot devices a bit too hard towards the end. A film about loss, courage, where it is mostly all well done and that is really really worth a watch. Playing on the impossibility for the average audience of this film to identify with the characters, they are not just others but we are encouraged to thing of them as less, just to be shown how wrong we are.
Willy 1er has a strange beauty. The excellent work of the directors’ team, combined with Vannet's memorable performance, results in an idiosyncratic work. Influenced by the thematic and sonorous style of Xavier Dolan, the film is a good respite for French cinema. Wonderful!