‘On My Way’: an enjoyable Catherine Deneuve vehicle
A movie review of “On My Way,” a road movie starring Catherine Deneuve.
The New York Times
‘On My Way,’ with Catherine Deneuve, Nemo Schiffman. Directed by Emmanuelle Bercot, from a screenplay by Bercot and Jérôme Tonnerre. 113 minutes. Not rated; for mature audiences. In French, with English subtitles. Sundance Cinemas.
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The word that best describes Catherine Deneuve in Emmanuelle Bercot’s likable French road movie, “On My Way,” is unflappable. Her character, Bettie, who runs a failing bistro in Brittany, is a former regional beauty queen in her 60s.
One day, Bettie gets some bad news: Her longtime lover has fallen for a 25-year-old. Bettie is suddenly without an anchor.
Her first impulse is to resume her former smoking habit. Her search for cigarettes turns into a road trip that eventually leads to the French heartland.
Her trip without a destination assumes a purpose when her estranged daughter asks Bettie to pick up her 11-year-old son, Charly (Nemo Schiffman), and drive him to the country home of his paternal grandfather.
Just when “On My Way” seems about to be stranded in the middle of nowhere, Bettie and Charly’s fraught relationship gives the movie an emotional center and comedic drive. Schiffman is an adorable scene stealer, and the two play off each other beautifully.