On My Way (film)

On My Way

Film poster
Directed by Emmanuelle Bercot
Produced by Olivier Delbosc
Marc Missonnier
Written by Emmanuelle Bercot
Jérôme Tonnerre
Starring Catherine Deneuve
Cinematography Guillaume Schiffman
Edited by Julien Leloup
Distributed by Wild Bunch
Release dates
  • 15 February 2013 (2013-02-15) (Berlin)
  • 14 June 2013 (2013-06-14) (France)
Running time
116 minute
Country France
Language French
Budget €6 million[1]
Box office $3.5 million[1]

On My Way (French: Elle s'en va) is a 2013 French comedy-drama film directed by Emmanuelle Bercot. The film premiered in competition at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival.[2]


Bettie (Deneuve), a harried restaurant owner from Brittany, is an aging former beauty queen with an estranged adult daughter and grandson and an elderly mother who meddles in her life. She loves a married businessman who always told her he would divorce his wife in order to marry her. He indeed files for a divorce, but Bettie discovers that it is actually because he is also having another affair with another much-younger woman. At about the same time, the bank threatens to close down her restaurant.

When she goes out to run some errands, she impulsively decides to leave her former life behind. She takes her car and just keeps on driving. She discovers other parts of France and makes new friends in the process.



On My Way received generally positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 83% based on 40 reviews and an average rating of 6.5/10. The site's consensus reads, "While the script may not always be worthy of her gifts, Catherine Deneuve's performance ultimately offers more than enough reason to watch On My Way.".[3] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 60 out of 100 based on 17 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[4]

Jordan Mintzer titled his review in The Hollywood Reporter "Catherine Deneuve hits the road in this rocky third feature from actress-filmmaker Emmanuelle Bercot" and resumed On My Way (Elle s'en va) was "a film that's much more bouillabaisse than haute cuisine".[5]


Award / Film Festival Category Recipients and nominees Result
Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear Nominated
Cabourg Film Festival Coup de Cœur Catherine Deneuve Won
César Awards Best Actress Catherine Deneuve Nominated
Most Promising Actor Nemo Schiffman Nominated
Louis Delluc Prize Best Film Nominated
Lumières Awards Best Actress Catherine Deneuve Nominated


  1. 1 2 "Elle s'en va". JP's Box-Office.
  2. "Berlinale Competition 2013: Another Nine Films Confirmed". berlinale. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  3. "On My Way (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes.
  4. "On My Way". Metacritic.
  5. "On My Way (Elle s'en va): Berlin Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
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