Emmanuelle Bercot’s delightful film was written expressly for Catherine Deneuve, who has rarely appeared as loose and vibrant as she does here. The iconic actress plays Bettie, a former beauty queen partial to subdued leopard-print blouses. Crowned Miss Brittany in 1969, she’s never left the region, running a bistro and living in the house she was born in with her mother. Shortly after learning that her longtime married lover has taken up with a 25-year-old, Bettie walks out during the middle of the lunch rush, her head-clearing getaway soon turning into a nearly weeklong road trip through deepest rural France. Bettie’s desultory travels—involving pit stops in flyspeck towns where an ancient farmer hand-rolls her a cigarette—account for much of the film’s easy charm. These scenes, which pair the most famous Frenchwoman in the world with nonprofessional actors, effervesce with their unpredictability, showing off Deneuve’s nimble give-and-take with these game first-timers. But the most exhilarating duet occurs between Deneuve and Nemo Schiffman (Bercot’s son), playing Bettie’s grandson, Charly, a melodramatic tween who belts out show tunes. Neophyte Schiffman’s formidable energy gooses his fluid dynamic with Deneuve while never overshadowing his luminary costar.
Catherine Deneuve casts an alluring spell in On My Way.
Emmanuelle Bercot, Jérôme Tonnerre
Bettie: Catherine Deneuve
Charly: Nemo Schiffman
Alain: Gérard Garouste
Official Selection – Berlinale (2013), César Awards (2014)
RUNNING TIME 113 min
PRODUCTION France, 2013
FORMAT(S) 35mm or DCP
Swank Motion Pictures
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