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... we can not help but wonder if this film is, despite everything, hiding something. [Full review in Spanish]
I guarantee British audiences will come out knowing more about the great but flawed man than they did going in.
Jérôme Salle's big-budget biopic L'Odyssée is at its best when recreating Cousteau's oceanic adventures.
Sunbeams illuminating tropical fish, sea lions shimmying through a kelp forest -- some of the underwater photography is gorgeous in Jérôme Salle's glossy French-language biopic of Jacques Cousteau.
Its staid narrative is so monotonous, however, that even the shots of undersea life become a little dull: it's all just one fin after another.
Thankfully, the underwater scenes are beautifully shot - a sequence where cocky Philippe is surrounded by killer sharks is almost worth the price of admission alone.
This conventional, unadventurous biopic ploddingly tells the story of the French ocean explorer and film-maker Jacques Cousteau - though the underwater sequences are stunning.
Surprisingly uninvolving overall.
The seas sparkle, the skies shimmer but the script refuses to shine as it soon becomes bogged down in family dramas and soap opera clichés.
Feels largely indistinguishable from a number of other prestige movie biographies.
This is a frustrating film because it never seems certain what story it is trying to tell.
Much like great explorer himself, this film is not without its flaws, but it remains a masterclass in storytelling for Salle, balancing a whole myriad of themes in an exquisite manner.
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