Western (1997)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Road Movie, Romantic Comedy, Buddy Film  |   Release Date - Jul 24, 1998 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 136 min.  |   Countries - France  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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A French road movie with an unlikely and mystifying title, Western is actually a romantic comedy-drama from writer-director Manuel Poirier. A charming Spanish shoe salesman, Paco (Sergi Lopez), picks up a Russian hitchhiker, Nino (Sacha Bourdo). Nino steals Paco's flashy car because Nino thinks that it will help him find a woman. Paco is befriended by Marinette (Elisabeth Vitali), and they fall in love, but he loses his job. Paco attacks Nino, but the two later become friends. Marinette tells Paco that she wants to have a trial separation before making a commitment, so Paco and Nino take a trip across the French countryside. At a hotel, two women reject the awkward Nino and sleep with Paco. Paco tries to help Nino by canvassing the town's women in a fake poll on their ideal man, but this scheme also backfires. As they continue their romantic misadventures, luck begins to shift from Nino to Paco.

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bachelor, enemy, friendship, hitchhiker, immigrant, love, on-the-road, search, traveling

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High Artistic Quality, Sleeper