Catherine Deneuve stars in this agreeable character study, as a small-town restaurateur who takes to the road after being jilted by her longtime lover. Her travels lead her to reconnect with her estranged daughter and grandson—and, predictably, her joie de vivre. This isn’t as sentimental as it might sound; Deneuve, fine as always, subtly emphasizes the character’s self-destructive side, providing a little medicine to help the sugar go down, and cowriter-director Emmanuelle Bercot (an actress herself) maintains a fluid pace that distracts from the schematic plotting. The movie’s psychological observation and sympathetic view of French provincial life sometimes recall the adult dramas Deneuve has made with André Téchiné, though it isn’t as complex or provocative as any of those. In French with subtitles.
On My Way
NR • 1 hour 53 min • 2014