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)
- 2 June, Sunday, 2PM final
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