La Voie est libre (1998)

Genres - Action  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - France  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka

This is the first feature-length film by Stéphane Clavier (brother of Christian Clavier, the actor and screenwriter), and it does not fare as well as his 1987 short, Torero Hallucinogène. This comedy is about a Métro worker, Jules (François Cluzet), who penned seventeen unanswered letters to France's Minister of Transportation protesting being fired. When he learns that the Minister is to appear in person at the Lyons station to dedicate a new rail line, Jules is there hoping to speak with him in person; he carries a concealed gun and when he is unable to speak to the Minister, the normally mild Jules snaps and takes an entire train car hostage. Aside from this unusual avocation, the story is replete with various odd characters, but in spite of good performances by its lead actors who try to add depth to their roles, the film is still more a miss than a hit.