Catherine Deneuve stars in On My Way. (Cohen Media Group)
Catherine Deneuve makes her return to American cinema in On My Way – a very enjoyable comedy that reminds us how to be born again when life becomes stagnant and monotonous.
Bettie is about to turn 70, and after the tragic death of her husband, decides to go live with her mother in the house she grew up in. However, her mother continues to treat her like a child, controlling her life at every moment.
However, despite all of the struggles in her life, Bettie is very resilient and full of life, and was able to get over her husband’s death about as well as anyone could. She falls in love with a married man, but when he leaves his wife, he doesn’t leave her for Bettie, but for a very young woman.
Bettie works at a restaurant with an unsure future, which has her in an uncertain situation, leaving her to wonder at what point in her life she lost control and stopped being happy. When her affair ends, she decides to escape her situation and embark on a trip that allows her to enjoy life’s pleasures once again.
The film is directed by Emmanuelle Bercot and was written specifically for Deneuve – and quite honestly it seems impossible to imagine anyone else for the role. Deneuve makes this character her own, and delivers a brilliant performance that drives the film.
The film’s photography is absolutely stunning, both in scenes with Catherine and scenes from the French countryside.
On My Way will not win many awards, nor does it have a significant impact in the direction of cinema as a whole. But, it’s simple elements and well-written script make it a quality dramatic comedy. That, and Deneuve’s incomparable performance. Kudos to those responsible for casting.
This film is ideal if you want to spend a nice time at the movies, and reminds us that there is always an alternative, and a way out of a mundane existence.
On My Way
Cohen Media Group
Now playing in select theaters
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