Bon Voyage

on March 19, 2004 by Shlomo Schwartzberg
The German occupation of France in June 1940 wasn't really so bad, if one is to believe the farcical goings-on in Jean-Paul Rappeneau's handsome but superficial drama. Set in the months before the Nazis marched on Paris, the film begins with an accidental death. Or was it murder? Screenwriter Frederic Roger (Gregori Derangere) isn't really sure but since he's got a crush on Viviane, the flighty, self-absorbed French actress caught in the middle of the affair (Isabelle Adjani, giving the film's best performance), he'll happily take the rap for her. Then the Nazis attack France, Frederic escapes prison and soon enough he, Viviane, the French government minister courting her (Gerard Depardieu) and sundry others are all in Bordeaux trying to get out of the way of the imminent invasion, Oh yes, there's also a plot to get a Jewish scientist and some heavy water for nuclear experiments out of the country to England before the Nazis capture the formula. Frantic and melodramatic, "Bon Voyage" is a trip you won't want to take. Starring Isabelle Adjani, Gerard Depardieu, Gregori Derangere and Peter Coyote. Directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau. Written by Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Patrick Modiano, Jerome Tonnerre and Gilles Marchand. Produced by Laurent Petin and Michele Petin. A Sony Pictures Classics release. Drama. French-language; subtitled. Rated PG-13 for some violence. Running time: 114 min
Tags: World War II, Nazis, war, Gregori Derangere, Isabelle Adjani, Gerard Depardieu, Peter Coyote, Jean-Paul Rappeneau

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