While Western might be the first film featuring petite Russian
actor Sacha Bourdo, he says that for him, growing up in Russia,
acting was a natural pursuit. "When I was young, I was
naturally pulled towards acrobats, dancing, piano, music and
singing. So from the age of six, my mother put me into a 'house
of culture' where they teach young people to do all these
things." It may not have seemed the kind of ambition to hold
seriously, but Bourdo never thought of that. "I always loved
to be amongst people, to be the centre of attraction. I loved to
make people laugh and be the class clown." Now, the young
Russian, who moved to France after meeting and falling in love
with a Parisian, has hit the big screen, and in perfect time.
"For good things there's always a good time."
"I believe that's what
I am: a positive person."
Western is a quirky road pic that revolves around an oddball
relationship. Transplanted Spaniard, Catalonian Paco (Sergi
Lopez) is a travelling salesman for a shoe manufacturer. When he
stops to pick up diminutive male hitchhiker Nino (Bourdo), a
Russian who came to France two years earlier for a failed
marriage, Paco soon finds himself stranded on the side of the
road with his car, shoe samples and luggage stolen from under
him. Local gift shop owner Marinette (Elisabeth Vitali) gives the
stocky, virile Spaniard a lift. Their mutual attraction manifests
itself quickly, and Paco, who was fired over the stolen-car
episode, hangs around. When he happens to spot Nino in the same
town, he beats up the scrawny Russian, who lands in the hospital.
Oddly enough, this marks the beginning of a beautiful friendship,
and a unique road trip.
Bourdo found it easy to relate to this character. "Like
me, he moves on without asking too many questions. Even in the
worst situations, his philosophy is to always look at the
positive side of life, accept what's given and make the most of
it. And I believe that's what I am: a positive person. Life is
already too complicated; we don't have to complicate it
more." Western is a film about friendship, and that's what I
love about it." he adds.
Still married to the Parisian [a school teacher] for the past
seven years, Bourdo aspires to "improve my English so that I
can work with Woody Allen." As he says, "For good
things there's always a good time." Exactement!
WESTERN OPENS NATIONALLY ON MAY 21,