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Actors: Isabelle Adjani, Gregori Derangere, Gerard Depardieu, Virginie Ledoyen, Yvon Attal, Peter Coyote

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BON VOYAGE, a movie written and directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau, earned three French Academy awards in 2003.
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The Nazis are approaching Paris and the French people are heading south. Frédéric Auger, a writer, takes this opportunity to escape from prison. He was doing time for a crime the well-known actress Viviane Denvers had committed two years before. Now Frédéric finds Viviane in Bordeaux. Still in love with her, he asks the young woman to leave France with him to Mexico but Viviane hesitates between the young man and the cabinet minister she's dating now.

While trying to talk Viviane into setting sail, Frédéric makes the acquaintance of the Professor Kopolski, a scientist who desperately tries, with the help of Camille, one of his students, to pass on five bottles of heavy water to England. Soon, Camille falls in love with Frédéric but the German spies are everywhere and it's definitively not the appropriate time for romance.

The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

The lives of a variety of characters cross in Bordeaux, southwest France, mostly at the Hotel Spendide, in 1940 when the country is being overrun by the Nazis. Viviane Denvers (Adjani), an extremely vain film star, has come here with her current protector, Jean-Etienne Beaufort (Depardieu), a Cabinet minister who with his colleagues is trying to decide whether to oppose the Germans or collaborate with them. Viviane is shocked to encounter her childhood friend Frederic (Derangere), who had taken the fall for her in the death of a businessman in Paris and been jailed for it. Also mixed in are an absent-minded Jewish physicist, Professeur Kopolski, and his lovely assistant Camille (Ledoyen), who is trying to spirit her beloved mentor and his cache of heavy water -- needed for nuclear experiments -- safely off to England. Mysterious journalist Alex Winckler (Coyote) is also very interested in the activities of both Viviane and Professor Kopolski.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's War impact on civilians/veterans    -   Yes Kind of conflict:    -   war, WW II

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer    -   accused criminal Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   French


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France City?    -   Yes City:    -   Paris Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths    -   explicit references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   None    -   Occasional swearing

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