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Who is Gregori Derangere; and why is he in this movie?
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written by WReynolds August 21, 2004 - 4:43 PM PDT
1 out of 5 members found this review helpful
Who is Gregori Derangere; and why is he in this movie?
Why is he the male lead in this movie?
He simply cannot match the screen presence of the rest of the principles.
Adjani seems particularly at a loss in her scenes with Derangere.
But I'm not sure better casting would have saved a script where the MacGuffin is heavy water!
I lost interest about chapter 17.
For Gregori Derangere fans only. 5 of 10.

Balancing Act
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written by talltale August 19, 2004 - 8:16 AM PDT
6 out of 8 members found this review helpful
BON VOYAGE is up there among the most sophisticated films I can recall. The reason: its tone. Director Jean-Paul Rappeneau manages to hover--like some crack high-wire artist--precisely between melodrama and farce. This works, and beautifully, because the melodrama keeps you alert and interested while the farce aspect will have you not laughing aloud (because of this amazing balance) but smiling throughout. We've revisited World War II through so many different aspects--from "Schindler's List" to "Hogan's Heroes" that it's bracing to see this particular time portrayed in a way that is different yet--for all its melodrama and farce--oddly believable. Almost nobody here is a true "hero." Characters do what they do in their own behalf; sometimes that behalf coincides with right, sometimes with wrong. The acting tows the same wonderful balance as the writing and direction, while the look of the film is gorgeous and so very in-period. See what you think--but by all means give this one a rent!

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