(TORONTO, ON) – The Easy Way Out. French films are usually structured such that they impart a message or cause you to think about issues raised in the film. So, when an easy going family drama comes my way, I feel like a fish out of water.
In Easy Way Out we have a family drama one might expect in a typical French family. In fact, it’s so typical it rather detracts one’s interest from the film.
There is nothing new, innovative, or terribly exciting about this movie except that, technically speaking, the French can cobble together a decent family drama.
Let’s just list some of the main themes instead of providing plot details.
- Loving but meddling parents.
- Seriously ill father.
- The impact of the economic crisis in France.
- The homosexual in the family.
- Writhing lovemaking scenes (atta go France).
Poor Dad dies and, quite frankly, I really can’t recall the significance of his death or about this film.
It’s a pleasant watch, but stick with your popcorn and Chardonnay from the Macon and save the Meresault for a film of more substance.
Fuge, in French, means to run away. I can’t see any of the characters running away from their problems.
(The Easy Way Out (L’Art de Fuge) France, 2015, 88 minutes, Director Bruce Cauvin et al, Part of Cinefranco 2015 and a North American Premiere, 19 April 15, Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West, Toronto, 6:30 pm)