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ON MY WAY

What You Need To Know:

ON MY WAY is a French movie about a former beauty queen named Bettie, who runs a small provincial restaurant but lives with her elderly mother. Her elderly mother is slightly controlling. Bettie’s restaurant is heavily in debt, and her lover has just jilted her for a younger woman. One day at the restaurant, Bettie gets so exasperated that she just walks out to her car and drives away to clear her head. She doesn’t stop driving, however. Eventually, Bettie’s daughter ropes her mother into driving her grandson across country to be with the daughter’s father-in-law. The trip with her grandson takes some unexpected twists and turns.

The story in ON MY WAY is funny and touching at points, especially during the adventures involving Bettie and her grandson. However, the movie is episodic by design, so the story and characters are kind of aimless. Also, the movie takes place in a Romantic, pagan worldview where everyone does what they please, with little or no moral guideposts. Media-wise moviegoers won’t find what they’re looking for in this French offering, ON MY WAY.

Content:

(RoRoRo, PaPaPa, , M) Very strong Romantic, pagan worldview, slightly mixed with some moral elements as an estranged family renews their ties to one another; 27 obscenities (including about four “f” words) and three light profanities; light violence includes older woman struggles with grandson running away, woman faints, and references to deadly car crash in flashback and one or two discussions; implied fornication, including woman gets drunk and picks up younger man; upper female nudity in one shot and brief upper male nudity; alcohol use and drunkenness; smoking; and, lying, single mother unable to keep a job, mothers/daughters estranged, restaurant owner in debt just takes off on a trip one day.

More Detail:

ON MY WAY is a French movie about a former beauty queen on the verge of becoming a senior citizen who finds a new chance to renew ties with her estranged daughter and grandson. It’s an episodic movie that doesn’t quite live up to its potential. Also, it clearly takes place in a Non-Christian or even Post-Christian pagan world with no solid moral guideposts.

The movie opens on the stifling life of a former beauty queen named Bettie, who runs a small provincial restaurant but lives with her elderly mother. Her elderly mother is slightly controlling. Bettie’s restaurant is heavily in debt, and her lover has just jilted her for a younger woman.

One day at the restaurant, Bettie gets so exasperated that she just walks out to her car and drives away to clear her head. She doesn’t stop driving, however.

Bettie ends up in a saloon and befriends some other older ladies there. She even has a one-night stand with a younger man who’s not bothered by the age difference.

Out of the blue, Bettie gets a call from her estranged daughter. Her daughter is an unemployed single mother. She has to go out of town on a job interview and needs Bettie to take her son, Charly, to her father-in-law’s rural farmhouse house. Reluctantly, Bettie agrees, but the trip with her grandson takes more unexpected twists and turns.

The story in ON MY WAY is funny and touching at points, especially during the adventures involving Bettie and her grandson. However, the movie is episodic by design, so the story and characters are kind of aimless. The famous French actress Catherine Deneuve does a good job playing the female lead, but her character could be written in a more interesting way.

Besides the aimless quality of the story and characters and its strong foul language, ON MY WAY has a big moral, philosophical problem. It takes place in a Romantic, pagan world where everyone pretty much does what they please, regardless of what’s right or wrong. The world isn’t totally without morality, however. For example, it’s clear that the mother and the grandmother truly care for the grandson. That said, these two women aren’t the most reliable people in the world. The mother can’t hold down a job, and one of the grandmother’s goals seems to be having someone she can count on to share her bed. Eventually, she apparently finds what she’s looking for here, but such a message isn’t very uplifting, much less enlightening. Media-wise viewers won’t find what they’re looking for in this French movie.

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