GOING AWAY REVIEWED
“Going Away” follows a young teacher as he acts like a drifter through France. One day, he befriends a local student whose dad has skipped town. Slowly finding himself drawn into the kid’s home life, the teacher strikes up a relationship with the mother. Where the film moves is heady social commentary fare, but it never has anything to say. How is that different than any other modern French film?
It’s not just America that make movies about poor kids with deadbeat parents. What I didn’t care for in this film was how the mother being a piece of garbage was portrayed as slightly glamorous. This poor kid gets passed around as currency between our leads and we’re supposed to care more about the adults? When did it become fashionable to entertain the lives of stupid young adults that keep crapping over modern existence?
If there was any justice, the movie would’ve ended with everyone dead. But, it’s modern French cinema. You can either pick spending two hours staring at your shoes or your navel.
- 1.85:1 standard definition transfer
RELEASE DATE: 6/21/16
- Video - 88%88%
- Audio - 88%88%
- Supplemental Material - 75%75%
The Plot Thus Far
Baptiste is a solitary type. A teacher in southern France, he never stays more than three weeks in the same job. One Friday, he finds himself in charge of Mathias, one of his pupils, who hasn’t been picked up after school. Mathias takes the boy to his mother, Sandra. She’s a beautiful woman who has led a bit of a wild life and who now works on a beach near Montpellier. Within a day, the trio have formed a bond, like the beginnings of a family for these three people who don’t have one. But the magic doesn’t last. Sandra owes money and if she doesn’t pay up something dire could happen. She must hit the road, flee once again. To help Sandra, Baptiste must take a look back at the origins of his own life, at the most painful and secret parts of himself.