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Film Festival 09 - OSS 117

OSS 117: Lost in Rio
OSS 117: Rio ne repond plus, France 2009, 100m

Director: Michel Hazanavicius

The not-so secret weapon that makes this po-faced parody of espionage thrillers and French arrogance so lethally funny - and relished in France - is that it lifts its suavely self-enchanted protagonist intact from a series of novels that were widely popular there 50 years ago. Fabled spy OSS 117, aka Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, was the quintessential fictional hero of postwar France, criss-crossing the world to defend his patrie against slippery foreigners of every shade. Director Michel Hazanavicius and star Jean Dujardin first resurrected this forgotten spy movie franchise in the extremely funny Cairo, Nest of Spies which played less like an Austin Powers movie than a lost relic from a sadly deluded time. Now it's 1955 and it's Brazil's turn. - BG. "A boatload of fun, lovingly period styled, outrageously un-PC and a much, much more rewarding night at the movies than any James Bond film of the last 20 years." - Jonathan King

In French with English subtitles