Les garçons et Guillaume, à table! (2013)

03Guillaume has always been told by his mother that he’s different. In their family it’s always the boys and Papa who go abroad for outdoorsy activities, while Guillaume and Maman get their hair done together at the salon. As he grows up, Guillaume finds himself shipped off to Spanish provinces, French and English boarding schools, riding schools, German spa retreats, and a succession of shrinks as he struggles to figure out his identity.

Originally a one-man stage play, this film retains traces of its theatrical origins. The narrative is straightforward and engaging to its viewers – miraculously clear and concise while still being insightful. Guillaume Galliene is excellent as himself and his mother. The differences that the years and his sometimes-traumatic experiences have wrought upon him are evident as the movie progresses. The supporting characters are as real as your Tita – you’re not sure if you agree with them, or if you even like them, but you know they are all looking out for your best interests. For the entire movie you will cheer Guillaume on, as vivid flashbacks of his life pull you closer and closer to the heart of the story, and the man who shared it to France and to the world.

For Les garçons et Guillaume, à table! – 5 out of 5 stars.

This movie was part of the French Film Fest Manila 2015.
*Review originally posted on Facebook.
Photo credit: French Embassy Manille on Facebook

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