Buoyed by the prospect of a small inheritance, Roger must quickly come up with an alternative plan when Mom’s will reveals she’d sold most of her assets for health and upkeep. He proposes to Bruno going on vacation with their significant others using the small bit of loot Mom left behind. He concocts a twisted logic about how seeing them together would fulfill her dying wish, and Bruno foolishly grabs the bait.
Trying to put some physical distance between himself and his creditors, Roger leads the way on a provincial road tour. Flemish filmmaker Dominique Deruddere provides a more adult spin on a “National Lampoon’s Vacation” that’s populated with kinky sex, surrealism and dead bodies. However, it’s more banal than bizarre, with lame jokes, hapless and convenient plot twists, and performances that generally are shrill.
Technically polished, modest production has the germ of a very intriguing idea with rich dramatic and comic potential. But Deruddere repeatedly loses focus, opting to dwell on subplots and soft-centered homilies that cut against the grain of the film’s livelier, outrageous concerns.