Bon Voyage (2003)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Mystery

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An actress, a writer, a student, and a government worker band together in an effort to escape Paris as the Nazis move into the city.




  • Isabelle Adjani and Gérard Depardieu in Bon Voyage (2003)
  • Virginie Ledoyen in Bon Voyage (2003)
  • Virginie Ledoyen in Bon Voyage (2003)
  • Virginie Ledoyen and Jean-Paul Rappeneau at an event for Bon Voyage (2003)
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  • Virginie Ledoyen at an event for Bon Voyage (2003)

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12 March 2005 | chicagomike
| The more you know about French cinema, the more you will love this film
Director and auteur Jean-Pierre Rappenau was 8 years old during the spring of 1940 as France's Third Republic disintegrated in a matter of a few weeks. It was a time, he says, when "all the adults were a little bit insane." He and the production staff have lovingly and meticulously recreated that world in a film where all the characters are essentially fictional. The structure, a classic farce, is ideal for the period as multiple plot lines zip and intersect only to come together in a logical, satisfying conclusion. The peg for this plot is Frederic, played by brilliant newcomer Gregory Derangere, who is fully up to playing opposite Adjani, Depardieu and Ledoyen. The real strength of the film is in its supporting performances. M. Rappeneau has cast the film exquisitely with actors who volunteered ideas for both action and dialogue and who know and prove that it is possible to fully realize a character with just two short sentences of dialogue. Though not yet as widely influential as Renoir's 'Rules of the Game,' 'Bon Voyage' richly deserves to be a companion piece to that classic. Though it demands a lot of the audience, it gives much back. One of its demands is tolerance for a certain coyness and misdirection as to the exact genre we are watching: a crime melodrama, no, a spy thriller, ah, a romantic comedy. Recommend it to cinemaphile friends. Just be sure to let them discover for themselves that it is a romantic comedy.

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Bon voyage
Performed by
Isabelle Adjani
Lyrics by Martin Rappeneau
Music by Gabriel Yared
Enregistrée aux Studios FERBER - Paris
Recording engineer René Ameline
Ingénieur Protocols Hélène Texier


Plot Summary


Comedy | Drama | Mystery | Romance | Thriller | War


Release Date:

21 May 2004


French, German, English, Italian

Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Prison, Place Saint-Louis, Autun, Saône-et-Loire, France

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,682 19 October 2003

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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