THE KING OF ESCAPE
- THE KING OF ESCAPE
- (LE ROI DE L'ÉVASION)
- 2009, Alain Guiraudie. France, 93 min.
- With Ludovic Berthillot, Hafsia Herzi
"Thoroughly entertaining character comedy...As in several of Guiraudie's previous films, gay characters are simply part of life's fabric and not marked by any of the usual clichés."
—Derek Elley, Variety
The tone is rambunctious and Rabelaisian in director Guiraudie's decidedly offbeat mixture of comedy, romance, and road movie. Fortyish, gay, and in a rut, rural tractor-salesman Armand (Berthillot) finds his life taking off in an unexpected direction when his boss's 16-year-old daughter (Herzi, who made a sensational debut in THE SECRET OF THE GRAIN) develops a crush on him and convinces him to run away with her. Her dad sics the gendarmes on them, and the ensuing pursuit of the unlikely couple across the Southern France countryside is an often hilarious overturning of chase-movie conventions. In French with English subtitles. 35mm widescreen print courtesy of Institut Français. (MR)