Yao: Philippe Godeau’s road-movie foregoes some of the elements that generally create the appeal of the genre. The two main characters are dull ciphers; the journey itself never feels particularly justified or needed; the look at the landscape isn’t caring, detailed, novel or engaging enough. As such, the whole thing becomes somewhat of a chore. Acting is fine, as both Omar Sy and Lionel Louis Basse are charming presences, but the shallow characters don’t call for much work in any case. Aesthetically, the film is likewise unremarkable; it moves along at a nice pace from episode to episode, but the editing is very old-school; the same can be said about the cinematography, which mostly fails to showcase the locations.