The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir
France, USA | 2018 | 92mins | M Offensive language
- Directed by Ken Scott (‘Delivery Man’, ‘Starbuck’, ‘Unfinished Business’)
- Starring Dhanush, Bérénice Bejo, Barkhad Abdi, Erin Moriarty, Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse, Mar Sodupe, Seema Biswas, Gérard Jugnot
- Written by Luc Bossi, Jon Goldman (based on the novel ‘The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe’ by Romain Puértolas)
Ajatashatru Lavash Patel, who has lived all his life in a small Mumbai neighborhood, is a street magician and trickster who makes people into believing he possesses special magic powers. After his mother’s untimely death, he sets off on a journey to find his estranged father in Paris with a fake EUR 100 note.
There he meets a woman named Marie Riviere whom he initially swindles, but is quickly attracted to her personality.
Aja then experiences a series of wide-ranging adventures around the world, initially in an IKEA wardrobe, then a Louis Vuitton suitcase, and a hot air balloon to Tripoli, Libya, while being pursued by Parisian taxi-driver Gustave Palourde whom he swindled out of a cab fare back in Paris and who wants to stab him.
Along the way, he befriends a Sudanese man named Wiraj, an illegal immigrant whom he meets in a vegetable lorry.
Never too edgy or too suspenseful or too violent, it just rolls along at a nice pace telling a nice story.
Lisa Nesselson, Screen International