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The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir

Rated Parental Guidance (Language May Offend, Violence) ~ Runs 92 minutes

Dir.: Ken Scott, France/India, 2018

Dhanush, Bérénice Bejo, Erin Moriarty

“This gentle, genial comedy-adventure, in which fairy-tale fantasy bumps up against the reality of the refugee crisis, takes us from Mumbai to Paris, London, Rome and Tripoli. An English-language film directed by Quebec-born Ken Scott (La Grande Seduction, Starbuck) and based on the French-language novel by Romain Puertolas, The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir stars Indian actor Dhanush, a heartthrob in the Tamil movie industry. The film also won the Ray of Sunshine award at the 2018 Norwegian International Film Festival. Whimsical, winsome and optimistic, this is a crowd-pleaser all right.... Dhanush plays Aja, who has grown up in a small neighbourhood in Mumbai as the beloved son of an impoverished single mother. A likeable fraudster, he survives as a street performer, dabbling in magic tricks, fakery and sometimes outright theft from rich tourists. After his mother’s death, Aja heads to Paris... There he meets cute with Marie. Planning to rendezvous with her the next day at the Eiffel Tower, Aja falls asleep in an IKEA wardrobe and wakes to find himself bound for London in a truck packed with Somali refugees, including the wryly funny Wiraj. After Aja’s passport is shredded by a disbelieving English police officer, he is thrown in with the refugees, who end up stateless, stranded and imprisoned in Barcelona. In keeping with the film’s fanciful tone, however, Aja soon makes an escape - several, in fact - with the help of Louis Vuitton luggage, a hot-air balloon, helpful folks, quirky coincidences, humorous misunderstandings and musical numbers... Dhanush has loads of star quality. He’s handsome but modest and altogether charming, and he carries the story, managing to be both earnest and lighthearted... The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir isn’t challenging or complex, but it is, as the Norway film fest suggests, a ray of sunshine.” - Alison Gillmor, The Winnipeg Free Press

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July 12