Paris 1940. The eve of the Nazi takeover. Seven people flee the capital for Bordeaux in order to escape the occupation, taking shelter at the Hotel Splendide. Isabelle Adjani stars as the actress Viviane Denvers. Incredibly beautiful and extremely manipulative, she's looking out for herself. Depardieu is Beaufort, a cabinet minister under Denvers' spell. Two other guests have even more at stake: a scientist and his assistant (Virginie Ledoyen) are hiding a deadly new material from the Nazis. Passions, intrigues and secrets collide as the guests realise the consequences of their actions in the greater scheme of war. In the midst of it all, a young writer (Gregori Derangere) must choose between two women, politics and hoodlums, and a carefree youth and adulthood.
Atmosphere, care, but not many thrills
- Bon Voyage review by Francis Scott
Bon Voyage takes us through the early months of the Nazi invasion of France and a web of seemingly chance relationships that mesh neatly together around some of those key events. A carefully-made film, with real atmosphere and attention to period detail, but it seems to assume you know roughly what is going on more widely, no doubt most French do, but I suspect not many Brits.
Enjoyable, especially if you can follow it in French rather than read the subtitles.
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