The film introduces us to a young boy named Milann, an orphan who grew up in an all-boys boarding home. As a young boy, Milann always had an excuse to try and get out of any commitments. In the present day, Milann is now a full-grown adult and remains the same as when he was a young boy. Living with this long-life best friend, he fails to commit to anything in his life and makes excuses for his failings. Milann can’t seem to catch a break or hold a steady job.
For Milann, things are about to get far worse. He owes a large sum of money to the wrong kind of people, which is now overdue, and interest is adding up. After working a shift at a local supermarket, Milann is involved in a horrific incident that leaves an older woman in hospital. Due to the workplace incident, he is fired from his job and sentenced to do community service. With no choice available, he is forced to work three hundred hours working in a retirement house for the elderly. For Milann, he would rather be sent to prison as he has zero interest or compassion for the elderly.
The Villa is best described as a feel-good comedy with some moments of touching drama along the way. There are many fun and likeable characters, including the lead himself, Milann. As Milann begins working at a retirement village, more fun ensues as he finds himself in various moments that are either silly or awkward. Even when a situation isn’t overly funny, the performance and commitment from the cast make this film feel more convincing and humourous, such as watching Milann’s reactions to changing dirty bed sheets.
As for the drama, I loved all that was on display here. The various characters featured throughout the film all have touching stories that impact and encourage Milann to get his life back on track, including a grumpy patient and ex-boxer, Lino (Gerard Depardieu). I also loved seeing Milann gain a purpose for his life, including basic aspects such as helping others and dealing with his past, which is filled with hurts. Pacing for this feature is generally pleasing, with only the third act dragging a little longer than preferred. It even follows the footsteps of other films, feeling predictable. The final moments are highly rewarding, and, like the rest of the film, it’s touching and enjoyable, leaving me smiling.
Overall, The Villa is highly recommended if you seek a feel-good comedy with touching moments of drama. I had a great time with this film thanks to the many different characters and likeable performances displayed here. While the plot may seem familiar, I still had a wonderful time with the many heartfelt moments and witty gags along the way, and as the credits rolled, I was left feeling quite impressed and encouraged.