The year is mid-1990, the Balland family lives in a prairie town east of France. Alain and Nicole plus their daughter Kelly and son Georges have a happy life. They like to wear cowboy clothing and enjoy going to listen to western music at a country western fair. When the family is ready to leave for home, they can’t find Kelly. They start talking to her friends and learn she has a Muslim boyfriend Ahmed. Everyone seems to think Kelly has left with Ahmed and also changed her name along with her life. Alain and Georges begin travelling to try to find Kelly.
Alain becomes obsessed with finding Kelly. He becomes cross with anyone trying to discourage his search. He’s willing to give up their savings and all of his time until he finds Kelly. I was tempted to turn this off several times. It’s more difficult to keep going because for most of the film you have to pay attention because of the subtitles. As a bit of a twist, James C. Reilly has a role in later scenes. I didn’t find the ending to be satisfying or rewarding? It’s very matter-of-fact? 2 ½* (This movie is OK)
104 min, Drama directed by Thomas Bidegain with Francois Damiens, Finnegan Oldfield, Agathe Dronne, Ellora Torchia, Antoine Chappey, Maxim Driesen, Jean-Louis Coulloc’h, Gilles Treton, Francis Leplay.
Note: Imdb 6.8 out of 10, 82% critic 65% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 1 ½*, Amazon 3.6* out of 5* with 9 reviews.
Special Note: Filmed in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India and Rhone-Alpes, France. Thomas Bidegain wrote/co-wrote A Prophet, Rust and Bone and Dheepan.