Bon Voyage (2004)



Critic Consensus: It's froth, but stylish and giddily entertaining.

Movie Info

The last frantic days before the Germans seized France in 1940 provide an unlikely backdrop for this dark comedy. Viviane (Isabelle Adjani) is a glamorous and well-known film actress who attracts the attentions of many men -- often many she has no interest in knowing. One night, at a reception following the premiere of her latest picture, Viviane finds herself pursued by Beaufort (Gérard Depardieu), a government official whose girth exceeds his charm. To throw him off her trail, Viviane allows a … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some violence)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Gilles Marhand, Patrick Modiano, Julien Rappeneau, Jerome Tonnerre
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 17, 2004
Box Office: $2.3M
Sony Picutres Classic - Official Site

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as Viviane Denvert

as Jean-Etienne Beaufor...

as Raoul

as Frederic Auger

as Alex Winckler

as Jacqueline de Lusse

as M. Girard

as Andre Arpel

as Madame Arbesault

as Thierry Arpel

as Maurice/Studio Atten...

as The Erudite

as The Erudite's Daught...

as The Erudite's Grandd...

as Maitre Vouriot

as German Agent

as Albert de Lusse

as Hotel Concierge

as The Maitre d'

as The Socialite

as The Salesgirl

as Beaufort's Secretary

as The Commissioner

as English Officer

as French Policeman

as Parliament Member #1

as Parliament Member #2

as Parliament Member #3

as Parliament Member #4

as Parliament Member #5

as Session President
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Critic Reviews for Bon Voyage

All Critics (100) | Top Critics (34)

No more than a shallow, style-mad entertainment, but it never flags or loses its balance, and, despite the theatricality of the staging and the acting, it's precisely the materiality of the cinema ... that makes us devour it with pleasure.

August 1, 2004
New Yorker
Top Critic

If you like to read subtitles or comprehend French and the beautiful people who speak it, Bon Voyage is a perfectly delightful time-killer at the movies.

Full Review… | May 21, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Not only does the plot have the required twists and the action keep us at the edge of our seats, but the story is populated with interesting and believable characters.

Full Review… | May 13, 2004
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Although visually appealing, the movie is too cavalier and shallow for its more weighty subject matter.

Full Review… | May 4, 2009

Are you ready for a World War II, romantic, murder-in-Act-One, escape-from-the-Nazis, French farce?

Full Review… | July 3, 2005

This is one nutty, but enjoyable movie.

Full Review… | February 6, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Bon Voyage

Fun film, not too sweet and neither too melodramatic. Good casting too in everyone from Depardieu to Derrangere. And of course, Adjani and Ledoyen are the type of eye candy i wish i could see more in movies.

Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer


[font=Century Gothic][color=olive]Escape is a major theme in "Bon Voyage". The movie starts out and ends in a movie theatre with people watching a lighthearted film. At the beginning of the film, it is on the verge of World War II. And most of the movie takes place after the Germans have invaded France. There are two competing plotlines with a young writer who has just escaped from jail moving between the two. 1) a famous actress is seeking to stay ahead of the German army. 2) an old professor and his assistants are seeking to make it out of the country with their notes and a car full of heavy water. There are a couple of contrasts between the storylines - an independent woman vs a subordinate woman(the independent actress is seen as being selfish; she is also older than the assistant); being placid vs. resistance.[/color][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=#808000]"Bon Voyage" is a frenetically paced movie for most of its running time but it does go on too long, as one of the plotlines runs out of steam. It is hard to believe how some of the characters are so self-absorbed in the face of crisis. Usually, people will stop for a second after the crisis, have some tea and then go back being so engrossed in their own lives. Plus, there is an inordinately high level of coincedence at work here.[/color][/font]
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Walter M.

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How does memory capture beauty? How is it recalled in the mind? If beauty is a truth, and truth only in the moment, can beauty still be beauty if it's inside a memory? Maybe the way beauty is documented in the mind is that it can't be totally recalled, but one can intellectually acknowledge that it was beauty once experienced, and an imprint of the feeling that one experiences with beauty remains forever with you. I think that beauty almost gains meaning by traversing across time through human consciousness, via art or nature or human quality, and in that way it becomes eternal.


You must forgive me, as living on my own often permits the voices in my head to wander in halves, skipping about my room and tossing clothes and old receipts around, arguing with the other half. As fun as that sounds, it actually turns into a lot of questioning, and it stifles me. Though it may produce a nifty thought, I find that it can suppress my emotions, and I feel vacant and longing. Like my heart and soul got scroonched all cartoon-like into a small milkjar. *unscrews cap and smacks bottom of bottle*

In states like that, I need senses to synchronize and I can feel something. Have you ever felt moved when you hear a certain song that reminds you of a good memory, and combined with the joy of where you're at when you hear the song again (or with what you're doing), and perhaps other (somewhat) positive factors surrounding your life at that moment, you feel...heightened? Hyper-sensitive, hyper-aware maybe. Doesn't happen so often, but it can happen. There are times for me when a song or an image or sometimes even a smell can trigger many memories, and I see them all at once, like a lightning bolt zapping a clear path through my memory and crashing to the floor. My eyes become a balance of introversion and extroversion - they are a collage of these old memories, but they are what they're seeing at the moment as well. And the song goes on. The dance goes on. The flavor goes on. It all builds to a crescendo of energy and nostalgia and of beauty, whatever it is, and you feel like you might erupt from your body in a burst of blood, brains and magic.

Then it ends. The alien turns down the knobs, and returns to dormancy.


I don't know. I wish there was an easier way to arrive to that thinking. But, the emergence of sunshine this past week really put me in high spirits, and it has got my voices questioning my love of winter (though it's not my favorite). Maybe I just didn't realize what these dull months were doing to me. Especially in California. I swear, thanks to the climate, time is a whole new entity in this state. I walked out of the movie theater last night and thought it was July. And the weather here seems to completely forget about Christmas. Mother Nature and Father Time have forged a trick the souls of the Great Left Coast into bounding across the calendar and losing all track of reality. And I am one of their limp-limbed test puppets.

If anybody knows their Guess Who...[i]"It's the neeew Mother Nature taking over..."[/i]

In other news: Today is my 3-year anniversary of posting on RottenTomatoes. As decreed by Neumthor...Bow! Bow to your Golden King!


Neum Daddy

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