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Running Time:
114 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for some violence

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This is the most enjoyable French film in recent years. It's entertaining while stylishly depicting the unhappy days during pre WWII in France. It's a tale of collaboration and heroism, and it's loaded with both humor and wonderful performances.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Director's commentary; Previews.

Bon Voyage
The still beautiful Isabelle Adjani plays Viviane, a self-absorbed famous French actress who will take advantage of anyone who can help her continue in her accustomed lifestyle. She is the sort of person who will manage to get along no matter who is in power and no matter what side they're on. It is a superb role for Adjani and she handles it smartly. Gérard Depardieu, who gets progressively more imposing with every screen role, is colorful as the exasperated government minister who becomes her latest protector. Virginie Ledoyen plays Camille, a courageous student who is trying to get an important Jewish professor out of France with his cargo of heavy water that's important in the race for creating nuclear bombs. Her romantic feelings are stirred by Frédéric (Grégori Derangère), who has been in love with Viviane for years, but realizing that he is being exploited by her, becomes smitten with the lovely student. Handsome Derangère is terrific as the innocent caught up in middle of this romantic triangle. Peter Coyote is Winckler, a German agent masquerading as an American journalist. Yvan Attal has a colorful role as Raoul, an escaped prisoner who's instrumental in helping the professor elude the Nazis. There is also a gigantic cast of excellent supporting players. All sorts of intrigues transpire as the story plays out, mixed with observations about French behavior. Directed by veteran filmmaker Jean-Paul Rappeneau ("Cyrano de Bergerac") who skillfully blends the film's many elements; the comedy, the love story, the action, the politics, into a completely enjoyable film filled with echoes of those wartime movies of the 1940's.

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