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Adventures of Felix


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  • Actors: Sami Bouajila, Patachou, Ariane Ascaride, Pierre-Loup Rajot, Charly Sergue
  • Directors: Jacques Martineau, Olivier Ducastel
  • Writers: Jacques Martineau, Olivier Ducastel
  • Producers: Philippe Martin
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Fox Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2002
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00005U2FI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,334 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Adventures of Felix" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

An HIV-positive French North African takes an unconvential journey on a quest for his father who he's never met. On his way, he discovers that family need not always be connected by blood.

Customer Reviews

It is not a perfect story but very good and quite diverting.
henry clark
It's refreshing to see a gay man in a loving relationship without any drama.
J. Helsing
The cover image makes it look like it's all about sex but it's not.
K. Johnson

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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By J. Case on February 24, 2002
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I saw this at an alternative cinema and am only now buying it in DVD to have. Felix decides to take a brief trip away from his boyfriend to search for his long-lost father in the south of France (Marseille). Along the way he comes across people that he fits into the category of relative: my sister, my little brother, etc. It is a simple story, but one that the French and, with few exceptions, only the French, do so well. You will like Felix the person, laugh at his adventures, recognize his virtues and his faults, and be astounded with the mystery of life by the end of the movie. Highly recommended if this is your thing. Even a straight person not into gay cinema (i.e., 99.99% of straight people) would find it an amusing French slice-of-life and not egregriously scandalous from a sexual nature.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By James V. Shrode on April 7, 2002
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I wish American Filmakers could make movies like this. A sweet, honest and often funny sweet slice of life with no pretensions. The cinematography is beautiful, the characters feel like real people and there is gentleness and a real love for life portrayed in each scene. And let's not forget the sexy causal way gay sex is dealt with. Vive Felix!
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 2002
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I can count on the fingers of one hand the gay-themed films I would watch more than once -- most of them are either catty sit-coms stretched out over two insufferable hours, or they're an excuse for badly acted soft-core porn. "The Adventures of Felix," bad title notwithstanding, is a pleasant surprise featuring normal, well-adjusted and attractive (in a real, non-Hollywood way) men. It's a picaresque saga of a young man hitchhiking from Normandy to Marseilles and the encounters he has along the way: some pleasant, some not, but all very real and surprising. There is one preposterous coincidence near the end of the film, but by then you're hooked on the characters' charm. My favorite gay film, with the possible exception of "Wild Reeds."
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Ian M. Enriquez on July 15, 2002
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This is a film about an orphan man hitching his way through France to meet his father for the first time. In his journey he learns that families do not have to be biological to be of value. The film is broken up in seven pieces: the introduction of the main character, a plot thread (murder!) to weave the film together, then a meeting of 5 people that becomes his family. The "grandmother" and "sister" story lines are very well done. They clearly illustrate the needs of these characters to make deep connections with each other and the brief events that tie them together. Unfortunately, the other three encounters fail to do as well. It is hard to imagine that the lead would actually keep in touch with the men he meets along the way. The "little brother" story is cute and has many great monents, but the characters fail to connect in a lasting way. The "cousin" vignette is simply gratuitous and nothing more (like too many American gay films). The "father" section wraps up the film without really establishing any significant connection with the two men. I am giving this film four stars because it is a nice film about discovery and family. A welcome change from many of the other gay films out there. Still I am left wishing for a remake that could demonstrate some real male bonding. If you like films that are French, gay, or the theme of creating a family is one that has touched your life, then this film is worthy of your collection.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By henry clark on January 21, 2003
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In my opinion this film is all about one man's journey across France in the 90s. It is a singular look at one man's experiences with being gay, Arab and HIV+ against the backdrop of a "family" made of up of people he meets along the way.
His character is interesting, annoying and charming in a way that most scripts would never dare to portray. And though the script is flawed, it is funny and shows France as it is at the moment, and that is not just about Paris! Each of his "family" are like archetypes of modern French people e.g. the spoiled student looking for thrills, the old women with memories of the old French Empire, the Parisian leftist professor boyfriend etc.
It is not a perfect story but very good and quite diverting.
However, if you're looking for cheap thrills, don't let the box cover fool you. That scene is good but not indicative of the whole movie.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Helsing on November 30, 2004
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The negative reviews about this quiet little gem were penned by those who didn't understand this film... and probably don't enjoy human interest tales. I discovered this delight on DVD - a simple story without any car chases or action sequences. The charismatic and talented Sami Bouajila is outstanding as the title character, adding depth and believability to an already intelligently written character (and script). It's refreshing to see a gay man in a loving relationship without any drama. His HIV is also dealt with intelligently and sensitively. Felix's interaction with the solid supporting cast is a delight to watch across the board. Treat yourself to Felix! Highly recommended!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Drake-by-the-Lake on March 16, 2005
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Just an enjoyable romp through France, as seen through the eyes of a young, gay, HIV+ Arab. A relatively upbeat and cheerful movie, especially compared to other French films, which often try to be depressing on purpose. The gay protagonist does NOT die or have something else horrible happen to him (straight viewers may wonder why I am saying this, but just watch some of the older movies about gays, and you will know).

Lush countryside, leisurely camera and convivial music set the tone. This movie has the best soundtrack I have heard in a long time. Yes, this is a movie you will want to watch again. No, the plot is not the major strength of the film. No, there are not compelling issues that must be resolved. No, this is not a cliffhanger or hard-hitting drama. Don't expect to get your emotions worked up. Nor is this an exercise in erotica. This is exactly what I said, an enjoyable romp through the French countryside, where our intrepid traveler has a series of minor adventures in his quest to meet his Father (or was it Mother, I forget, I saw this movie a year ago).

I would consider placing this in the top twenty of all gay feature-length films. Give it a try and see what you think. But like I said, you need to have a relaxed attitude and approach this film for simple entertainment. Personally, I watched the movie out of curiosity to learn more about the French. In that, I was not disappointed.
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