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France 2000
Directed by
Philippe de Broca
88 minutes
Rated M

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
1 stars


You’ve really got to wonder who put money into this film, written by de Broca, about an ex-dentist-cum-emerald thief (Jean-Paul Belmondo), a female scientist (Arielle Dombasle) and a visitor from outer space who appears to be a typical French petite fille and has her heart set on visiting New York.

Veteran director De Broca and Belmondo made a number of films together during their careers and this, their last collaboration, was perhaps made as personal venture. One presumes it made sense to them as it appears to what might have resulted had Disney hired Werner Herzog to make an adventure-comedy-romance – in other words, a clanger.

There are many movies about cranky old men who’ve gone feral (James Mason in Age Of Consent, 1969, and Oliver Reed in Castaway 1986 come to mind) and Belmondo is a worthy addition to the bunch but Dombasle appears to be suffering from a combination of over-dieting and cut-price cosmetic surgery whilst the story, which contrives to have the three lock horns with the French authorities, is simply nonsense and the whole exercise seemingly a waste of everyone's time and money.

DVD Extras: Available as 4 disc set in Madman’s three volume Belmondo collection.

Available from: Madman




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