When his twin brother dies, 50-year-old Willy leaves his parents' home for the first time and moves to a neighboring village. "To Caudebec I shall go. I will find an apartment. I will have buddies. And to hell with you all!" Maladjusted, Willy sets out to find his place in an unfamiliar world.
Production and distribution (3)
A singular, sensitive, and deeply moving film between documentary and fiction, Willy the First is well worth watching.
LE NOUVEL OBSERVATEUR
There is something here that reaches beyond Willy, a fundamental enthusiasm and an exemplary way of behaving. This film is nothing short of an ode to freedom.
Packed into eighty minutes and divided into chapters, this story sustains constant tension, alternating between openly comical scenes, flights of poetry, and dark moments in which we sense the inevitability of a dramatic event.