If only Americans worshipped our older actresses the way France reveres Catherine Deneuve, now 70 and still sowing her wild oats in the sometimes engaging comedy "On My Way."
Deneuve plays Bettie, a struggling restaurateur who learns that her married lover has dumped his wife for a 25-year-old woman he’s gotten pregnant. Frustrated, Bettie steps out for cigarettes and keeps on driving. Her misadventures on the road include a drunken one-night stand with a much younger barfly (Paul Hamy), an errand to transport her grandson (Nemo Schiffman), a tense meeting with her estranged daughter (the French pop singer Camille) and a reunion of past beauty queens like herself.
‘On My Way’
Opens Friday, May 2, at the Broadway Centre Cinemas; not rated, but probably R for sexual situations, brief nudity, and language; in French, with subtitles; 113 minutes.
Director-writer Emmanuelle Bercot doesn’t provide much of a plot here, just stringing together odd incidents for Deneuve’s Bettie to test her resilience and push her boundaries. Deneuve is, as always, delightful and dominant, commanding our attention even in the down moments.
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