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Bon Voyage [DVD] (2003)

Isabelle Adjani , Gerard Depardieu , Nicolas Vaude    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Isabelle Adjani, Gerard Depardieu, Virginie Ledoyen, Yvan Attal, Grégori Derangère
  • Directors: Nicolas Vaude
  • Producers: Gabriel Yared, Laurent Petin
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Subtitled, Dolby
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Jan 2005
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002HSDVO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,000 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Dark comedy directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau and starring Isabelle Adjani and Gérard Depardieu. Set in the opulent Hôtel Spendide in Bordeaux in the last frantic days before Germany seized France in 1940, the film follows the various intrigues of the high-powered cabinet members, journalists and glitterati who have gathered at the hotel to escape the Nazi occupation of Paris. Adjani plays Viviane Denvers, a famous film actress who, finding herself pursued by the fat and charmless government official Beaufort (Dépardieu), attaches herself to a bad-tempered older man, André Arpel (Nicolas Vaude) in order to avoid her admirer. But when Viviane and Arpel quarrel and she slaps him, he drops dead before her - leading to a string of increasingly unlikely circumstances, which are further complicated by the imminent arrival of German troops.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Featurette, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: In Paris, a few months before the Nazi invasion, the manipulative actress Viviane Denvers uses her former sweetheart Frédéric Auger to hide the body of a man killed by her. Frédéric hits the car, the dead man is found and he is sent to prison. When the Germans invade France, Frédéric escapes with another prisoner, Raoul, and they become friends. In the runaway to Bordeaux, they meet in the train Camille, the young assistant of the physicist Professeur Kopolski, who is trying to leave France with his research of heavy water. Once in Bordeaux, the group meets Viviane with her new lover, the minister of state Jean-Étienne Beaufort, and is chased by a German spy, the journalist Alex Winckler, while Paris is falling and the population is confused. ...Bon Voyage

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy travellers 2 Dec 2005
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Bon Voyage is a throwback to the screwball comedies of the forties, featuring all the essential ingredients; a good natured, handsome hero, a scurrilous woman, misinderstandings, mishaps and the ultimate triumph of good over adversity.
Set in a France on the verge of invasion by Germany in WWII, the film could plunge into political discussion, but in fact, beyond the 'all power corrupts' line flowing through many films, Bon Voyage keeps the laughs coming think and fast. The rush to establish the Vichy government is handled deftly and the characters involved, whilst being caricatures of the type are all, to some extent, believable.
The two leads are a delight, demonstrating great comic timing, and despite it all, likeability and Gerard Depardieu is, as always, a treat. The subtitles are legible, don't intrude on the action and can make you laugh and the whole film is carried off with style, passion and great affection for the genre.
If you are a fan of well made screwball comedies and like your plots to twist and turn, then this movie is for you!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Paris has fallen to the Germans and a delectable, self-absorbed actress needs to find a number of protectors. Among them is the young hero who takes a fall for her, a politician moving toward collaboration and, possibly, an undercover Nazi. There's also a major subplot involving heavy water and a scientist who needs to get to Britain.

This is a well-done romance/adventure. Isabel Adjani, at 48 and playing 28, is the tastiest bit of French pastry anyone could want. Depardieu is not the hero but he plays a key role as an assured, accommodating politican. With his slick-backed hair, proud nose and willingness to play an official flirting with Petainism, he -- as usual -- is devoid of star vanity.

The DVD transfer is well done. I enjoyed the film a lot.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A very uneven journey 12 Dec 2006
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Jean-Paul Rappeneau's disappointing but glossy and lavish comedy melodrama set against the fall of France and the birth of the Vichy government in WW2 is full of good things but never really hits the spot, perhaps because Isabelle Adjani seems so miscast as a self-centered French movie star who uses those around her, be they screenwriters to dispose of bodies of murdered blackmailers (and take the rap when it goes wrong), ministers to get her out of Paris or German spies when needs must. Like the character, it's not so much that she's bad as that there's nothing to her - she's too much of blank here to convey such a magnetic presence. But Gerard Depardieu's malleable politician (whose final scene is the film's finest and darkest) and Yvan Attal in an underwritten part as a good-natured crook who always does the right thing are among the film's many compensations.

Although not as good as the Fench 2-disc set, the UK DVD features some decent extras - documentary The Double Life of Jean-Paul Rappeneau, cast interviews, behind the scenes footage, French and US trailers, and trailers for Pepe le Moko and Plein Soleil.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding movie making 10 July 2010
No sex, drugs or profanity. This is a marvellous film that the whole family can enjoy.
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