Review: ‘The Trip To India’

When an ordinary Parisian's girlfriend dumps him three weeks before their vacation, he wonders what to do with himself and with his two non-refundable tickets in "The Trip to India." First feature by Yann Piquer -- who has more than 40 shorts under his belt -- is a bittersweet comedy that fulfills its bare bones ambitions on a shoestring budget. Ultra-modest pic won the European category in Avignon.

When an ordinary Parisian’s girlfriend dumps him three weeks before their vacation, he wonders what to do with himself and with his two non-refundable tickets in “The Trip to India.” First feature by Yann Piquer — who has more than 40 shorts under his belt — is a bittersweet comedy that fulfills its bare bones ambitions on a shoestring budget. Ultra-modest pic won the European category in Avignon.

Photo store employee Vincent (Mikael Chirinian) is cheerfully oblivious as to why Clara (Laurianne Robert) is moving out after two years. While his two best friends (Fred Gelard, Carine Lacroix) tolerate his low-key anger, the idea gradually forms that he’ll get back at Clara by taking just any old chick to India. But finding a willing candidate proves problematic — and gives helmer a way to explore the perils of dating among urban twenty-and-thirtysomethings. Mild situational humor parsed by an unseen documaker’s talking head interviews with all the people in Vincent’s life gives little-known character thesps a chance to shine. Paris in summer is nicely utilized.

The Trip To India

France

Production

A Manitou Prods. presentation of a Manitou Prods., Gulliver Prods. production with support from Procirep. Produced, directed by Yann Piquer. Screenplay, Piquer, Sarah Levy.

Crew

Camera (color, DV-to-35mm), Bernard Dechet; editor, Emmanuel Noyon; music, Michel Thousseau, Ferenz, Elnour, Skikanta; costume designer, Hee Jin Choi; casting, Fabienne Bichet. Reviewed at Avignon Film Festival (competing), June 18, 2005. Running time: 83 MIN.

With

Mikael Chirinian, Fred Gelard, Carine Lacroix, Laurianne Robert, Sabine Bail, Coralie Revel, Amanda Rubinstein, Roland Menou.
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