8.10.2010

BON VOYAGE: nonchalance, amusement and cheer.






A, Vics, Robot and I met for some ultimate comfort food at Waffletown (mmm turkey ham and egg waffle and cheese fries!) on Tuesday night, and hopped over to Alliance Française for a screening of the French film Bon Voyage (2003). (Apologies for the lack of outfit photographs in this post... I wore this dream of a blouse but also re-wore my creased Erdem skirt; I'll wear it in London, so expect it bientôt!)

Vics and I have been attending weekly elementary French classes since March. Our grasp of the language is somewhat rather lacking, but we find it completely charming. Robot and A, on the other hand, are quite the experts - A's going to Sciences Po in Le Havre for college!

Bon Voyage is set in the 1940s, when war is about to break out/has broken out in France. The plot is spread over a few years. What I can tell you is that it involves a love triangle between
  1. an actress (Isabelle Adjani),
  2. a writer/odd job guy (Grégori Derangère as Frédéric Auger - a little of a Big Fish dude who gets through life intact with odd adventures), and
  3. a teaching assistant (Virginie Ledoyen).
  4. You might make it a rectangle with the Interior Minister (Gérard Depardieu) the actress has an affair with - or even a pentagon if you add the writer's fellow prison inmate (Yvan Attal) who wants to have dinner with the teaching assistant.
The love story is weaved into a tale about "heavy water" needed to make atomic bombs that can't get into the Nazis' hands, and the hazy background of France during difficult, uncertain times.

While Bon Voyage is not terribly complex - we quite enjoyed that it wasn't - the settings, the desperation (related to matters of the heart, not to the horrors of war), and the quintessential movement of the whole film makes for a pleasant respite anytime you want to experience some form of glamour or romance, or a sudden need to whisk yourself off to another time of simplicity/understated elegance... A perfect film to inspire my next dinner party...

6.5/8.0

P.S. Can't believe Isabelle Adjani was... 48 when the film premiered. I also loved
Virginie Ledoyen's character, Camille, to bits - perfectly adorable, and *spoiler* her transformation to a chic Parisan girl at the end was so sweetly endearing. HAPPY ENDING ❤ Ledoyen reminds me plenty of Natalie Portman, even in her acting style...

P.P.S. I also found it hilarious that I spotted Christian Louboutins on the floor of the apartment Viviane Denvers shared with Jean-Étienne Beaufort, among the scattered clothing trailing out of a chic suitcase. How anachronistic, really - Loubs didn't exist in 1940.
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1 comment:

  1. You forgot l'espion/reporter dude obsessed with isabelle!! haha really loved how history, romance and comedy were all intertwined.. (esp romance sighh haha) quite possibly the best french movie i've watched(:

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