OSS 117: Rio ne répond plus (2009)
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So good, so French! Obviously, most of the jokes only work if you are French, or have a good knowledge of 20th century France.
Jean Dujardin comes back in his role as 117, now it's the 1960's, references to Hitchcock, French nouvelle vague, and of course James Bond. The world has changed, and continues to change. And of course, OSS 117 has not changed and is not willing to. He is still the typical racist and sexist, and completely unaware that he is. Although good-hearted, he sticks to his easy ignorance. And that old fashioned clumsiness makes the comedy so great (for those finding the film offensive, I think you really miss the point, especially since the filmmaker is from Jewish origins). It looks like they put Clark Gable straight from GWTW in the age of hippies, sexual liberation and increasing equality.
Only flaw is the actress playing Dolores, she is almost painful to watch, stiff, insecure, never funny (I know she was meant to say some of her chilling answers, but still).
Jean Dujardin returns for a second O.S.S. 117 film, Rio ne répond plus (Lost in Rio), advancing the timeline by almost a decade to spoof the films of the late 60s rather than the first film's "Dr. No" look. So the camera is more mobile, locations are used more prominently than sets, there's blatant day for night, and a hysterical over-use of split screen effects. It's fairly amusing, but double-one 7's racist, sexist and here anti-Semitic dialog, though it comes from an innocently ignorant place (as per the first film's Islamophobia), is something that seems to play a lot better in France than here. It's supposed to satirize the old guard's insensitivity (like Mad Men does), but will make most audiences groan more than laugh even if other characters all think 117 is an idiot. The story, about the search for a Nazi hiding in South America is better plotted and easier to follow than the first film's, at least, and it ends in a crazy sequence that borrows liberally from Hitchcock, which movie fans will appreciate. Don't know how it plays to English-speaking audiences, but some of the best chuckles were French-language puns. Mileage will vary.
Better directed than the first one!
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