After breaking up with his long-time girlfriend, Simon moves back home to the
rural countryside to live with his parents. He immediately meets up with his old friend Julian, with debauchery sure to follow. The two thirty-year old men are both unemployed and with no real sense of direction, they concoct a plan to essentially become vagabonds, hitting the road together and seeing where it takes them. Francois Pirot's Mobile Home is a rather unique buddy comedy not only in narrative structure but also in its ability to resonante emotioanlly with the viewer during a few scenes. Julian and Simon are characters that really encapsulate this naïve and immature philosophy of life. They are essentially children in men's bodies who really have no sense of direction. Mobile Home is about two men, particularly Simon, who are looking from escape from their lives, not direction. Simon seems to believe that leaving will somehow motivate him or even solve his problems which is simply never the case. I guess in a way Mobile Home is a coming of age story that works more so than not because of Simon and Julian's relationship dynamics. Simon and Julian really are polar opposites. Simon comes from a world of entitlement, having two rich parents, and seems simply afraid of commitment. Julian, on the other hand, has spent long time taking care of his ailing father. It seems to seek a sense of adventure and escape from his mundane existence but more importantly he suffers from intimacy issues. These two characters think they want the same thing but they really don't which is what makes Mobile Home interesting. Without going into much detail my biggest problem with the film is that I don't think Julian's character never had a realization moment for his ability to final follow through on something. It never showed in the character or on the screen. Not that it's necessary for a film to have a character go through a change, but with Mobile Home that was surely he intention. Francois Pirot has a good sense of comedic timing as a director, yet the film doesn't completely succeed for me because of the aforementioned realization moment.
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