The Odyssey (L’Odyssée)


(2016) 120 mins

Director: Jérôme Salle
Writers: Jean-Michel Cousteau, Albert Falco
Cinematography: Matias Boucard
Production Design: Laurent Ott
Music: Alexandre Desplat


A biopic of the great French ocean-going adventurer and film-maker Jacques Cousteau.  In 1948 Cousteau (Lambert Wilson), his wife (Audrey Tautou) and their two sons, are living an idyllic life in a pretty house overlooking the Mediterranean. But Cousteau longs for adventure.   Having invented an aqualung which enables him to breathe under water, he discovers a whole new world.   And having discovered it, he sets out to explore it.  And to do that, he is willing to sacrifice everything else.  From the official website

In French with subtitles

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In biopics the cast is what usually makes it or breaks it. Lambert Wilson has the looks of Jacques Cousteau, but he also seems to embody his spirit. His co-star Pierre Niney had already proved he could do a biopic in the role of Yves Saint Laurent a few years back. The leading men look natural together as a father and a son, united by love and respect, but divided by their outlook on life.  The make up is fantastic, the brilliant visual effects are beautiful and tense (the shark scene will have you clinging to your seat), and the shots of the most exotic parts of the world are stunning. The outstanding soundtrack by Alexander Desplat deserves a praising article of its own.  Pasha’s Film Reviews

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