Bon Voyage (2004)



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

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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 cranky older man, André Arpel (Nicolas Vaude), to escort her home. During the evening, Viviane and André quarrel, and after slapping him, she discovers that he has simply dropped dead. An understandably terrified Viviane calls a former boyfriend, Frédéric Roger (Grégori Derangère), and asks him to help her get rid of the body. In hopes of reviving their romance, he agrees, but after an auto accident, Frédéric is caught with the body, and is taken to jail to await his trial. When word gets out that German troops are due to arrive in Paris at any minute, Frédéric and his fellow prisoners are instructed they're to be moved out of town; Frédéric is handcuffed to petty thief Raoul (Yvan Attal), and en route the two are able to make their escape. When Frédéric learns that Viviane has fled to Bordeaux, along with much of the French upper crust, he makes his way there, where he finds he has a new rival for her affections -- Beaufort, who no longer seems such a poor prospect.
PG-13 (for some violence)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Isabelle Adjani
as Viviane Denvert
Gérard Depardieu
as Jean-Etienne Beaufort
Yvan Attal
as Raoul
Grégori Derangère
as Frederic Auger
Peter Coyote
as Alex Winckler
Jean-Marc Stehle
as Kopolski
Aurore Clement
as Jacqueline de Lusse
Michel Vuillermoz
as M. Girard
Nicolas Pignon
as Andre Arpel
Edith Scob
as Madame Arbesault
Nicolas Vaude
as Thierry Arpel
Pierre Diot
as Maurice/Studio Attendant
Pierre Laroche
as The Erudite
Catherine Chevalier
as The Erudite's Daughter
Morgane More
as The Erudite's Granddaughter
Olivier Claverie
as Maitre Vouriot
Wolfgang Pissors
as German Agent
Jacques Pater
as Albert de Lusse
Jean-Pol Brissart
as Hotel Concierge
Vincent Nemeth
as The Maitre d'
Marie-Armelle Deguy
as The Socialite
Marie-Christine Orry
as The Salesgirl
Serpentine Teyssier
as Beaufort's Secretary
Patrick Medioni
as The Commissioner
Gary Matthews
as English Officer
Benoit Bellal
as French Policeman
Christian Drillaud
as Parliament Member #1
Michel Dubois
as Parliament Member #2
Christian Ruché
as Parliament Member #3
Jacques Roehrich
as Parliament Member #4
Robert Darmel
as Parliament Member #5
Gerard Collewaert
as Session President
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Critic Reviews for Bon Voyage

All Critics (95) | Top Critics (31)

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.

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.

May 13, 2004
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

A sophisticated farce about an unlikely subject.

May 7, 2004
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

A strong diva-whore portrayal by Isabelle Adjani and fine sense of time and place give Voyage just enough grounding to make it worth the trip.

April 30, 2004
Detroit News
Top Critic

Despite the film's undeniable virtues, I can't help wishing there were something more substantial there than an old-fashioned and admittedly engaging yarn.

Full Review… | April 23, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Bon Voyage

well crafted and charming period piece centres around a group of parisians right b4 german invasion in 1940 was hoping 4 chemistry between adjani & depardieu like say hepburn/tracey and though his character makes and entrance like mrs charles in 'the thin man' pic not much materializes

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

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
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] [font=Century Gothic][color=#808000][/color][/font] [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] [font=Century Gothic][color=#808000][/color][/font] [font=Century Gothic][color=#808000][/color][/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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