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Bon Voyage [DVD] [2004] [Region 1]

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  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Set in 1940s France in the moments before the German occupation of Paris during World War II, Jean-Paul Rappeneau's lively farce BON VOYAGE combines a murder mystery, a political drama, and a series of madcap subplots including a secret scientific discovery and a gathering of socialites at Bordeaux's Hotel Splendide. The result is a picturesque period piece full of energy, adventure, and breathtaking scenery. Dynamic performances from an all-star cast that includes Gerard Depardieu, Isabelle Adjani, and Gregori Derangere complete this delightfully pert film. Forced to flee Paris as the Germans advance, a mismatched group of oddly acquainted personalities reassemble in Bordeaux. Viviane (Adjani) is a stunning film actress whose talents are used both on-screen and off. She swiftly seduces the French prime minister, Beaufort (Depardieu), on the eve of WWII--a convenient catch in wartime. However, her former flame Frederic (Derangere), who Viviane neatly framed and sent to prison for a murder she committed, is now free and is still pursuing her. Frederic's jailbreak buddy Raoul (Yvan Attal), is also in tow, with nothing but trouble up his sleeve. Meanwhile, a pretty physics student, Camille (Virginie Ledoyen) tempts the hearts of both ex-cons, while protecting her professor and their scientific discovery, which must not fall into German hands. Waiting on the wings is the suspicious journalist Winckler (Peter Coyote), whose sneaky demeanor is only matched by Thierry (Nicolas Vaude), the revenge-crazed nephew of the man Viviane murdered.
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  • Credits
    Isabelle Adjani, Grard Depardieu, Gerard Depardieu, Virginie Ledoyen, Yvan Attal, Gregori Derangere, Peter Coyote, Peter Cohon, Jean-Marc Stehle, Aurore Clement, Xavier de Guillebon, Edith Scob, Michel Vuillermoz, Nicolas Pignon, Nicolas Vaude
  • Critic Reviews
    "[A] delightful, bustling film....A triumph of narrative ingenuity that juggles myriad characters in various states of panicked self-absorption at a turning point in history."
    New York Times

    "The most entertaining character is the self-centered actress played by Isabelle Adjani, who looks as ravishing as she did when she made THE STORY OF ADELE H."
    Movieline's Hollywood Life

    "BON VOYAGE is off to a giddy start, with a nonstop flow of interconnected high adventures - and high comedy - to follow."
    Los Angeles Times

    "[A] light historical farce..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "It's sexy, suspenseful fun, and gorgeous-looking to boot."
    Rolling Stone

    "This treatment is light and breezy for a change....Rappeneau modulates a delicate and very specific tone while juggling several actors, some with familiar faces."
    USA Today

    "The movie is funny not in a ho-ho way but in the way it surprises us with delights and blindsides us with hazards."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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