Films about spiritual journeys should be celebrated, as they force us to explore deeper truths about our lives, but this one veers unevenly from comedy to drama to romance as it heads for a less-than-revelatory conclusion. It's nicely shot and some of the acting is decent, but it's difficult to identify with characters we don't like very much, and in the end the film feels as pointlessly gimmicky as its title.
This is the story of London ad executive Callum (Hurn), whose faltering business sparks some sort of internal quest for meaning in life. It doesn't help that his current make-or-break client is a cranberry alco-pop that seems impossible to sell. His bullying colleague Marrlen (Warren) is making his life miserable, so he doesn't really hesitate when he meets the free-spirited Malika (Dray) and she invites him to go camping in her native France. Off they go on a journey into the woods, where Malika separates Callum from his mobile phone, ruins his hand-made shoes and helps him quit smoking, all before sending him deeper into What's Really Important.
Yes, this is familiar stuff, including the usual message about how our lives have become far too busy and interconnected, leaving us unable to understand ourselves anymore. We may be able to identify with this idea, but the film's simplistic, sometimes silly approach doesn't help us explore it in any meaningful way. At least it's nicely shot, with a clever use of the woodland settings, which also appear Callum's dreams of running naked through the forest to practice tai chi by a lake. By contrast, the scenes in his ad agency look tacky and garish, as his colleagues clown around and never actually come up with anything creative. No wonder the business is in trouble!
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Gobby teenager Peaches Geldof has mouthed off about another young female celebrity, with WAYNE ROONEY's fiancee COLEEN MCLOUGHLIN the latest to come in for some harsh words.
After being beaten by Coleen at The Perfume Shop's High Street Fashion awards for the title of best dressed celebrity, Peaches was clearly in a strop and ranted to the Daily Star: "Coleen, better dressed than me? Yeah right, like all those other footballers' wives."
The 18-year-old daughter of BOOMTOWN RATS singer Bob Geldof seemed to be repeating her sour grapes trick after describing music legend Madonna as "mutton dressed as lamb" after the singer was named Style icon at the Elle Style awards.
Continuing her condemnation of Coleen and Wags in general, Peaches raged on: "It's ridiculous. In fact, they are all cheap and chavvy. And let's not talk about being fake... the nails, the make-up, it's crazy."
However, McLoughlin was not at the event itself, although Peaches showed up along with Abi Titmuss, Jamie Oliver's wife Jools and the stunning MYLEENE KLASS among other celebrities.
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