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Jet Lag (2002)

Décalage horaire (original title)
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A worn-out businessman and a beautician on the run collide in a Paris airport. Love arrives, all its hurdles be damned.

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Sergio
Scali Delpeyrat ...
The Doctor
Karine Belly ...
Air France Attendant
Raoul Billerey ...
Félix's Father
Nadège Beausson-Diagne ...
A Roissy Passenger
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Ground Hostess
Jérôme Keen ...
The Concierge
Sébastien Lalanne ...
The Barman
Michel Lepriol ...
The Waiter
Mbembo ...
Post Office Employee
Laurence Colussi ...
Hostess
Lucy Harrison ...
Hostess
Rebecca Steele ...
Hostess
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At Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, a beautician on her way to a new job in Mexico accidentally meets a cook who is on his way back from America. Labor strikes, bad weather, and pure luck cause the two of them to share a room overnight at the airport Hilton hotel. Will their initial mutual indifference and downright hostility turn into a one night stand or perhaps something more? Written by Dragomir R. Radev

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The battle of the sexes just got sexier.

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Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

30 October 2002 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Jet Lag  »

Box Office

Budget:

FRF 85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,880,016 (France) (1 November 2002)

Gross:

$544,434 (USA) (5 September 2003)
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Trivia

Danièle Thompson originally wrote this script in the early 1990s for Hollywood production and with the leading male character as an American. With her son, Christopher Thompson, she reworked the script into this version. See more »

Goofs

American Airlines does not fly to Munich from Paris. See more »

Quotes

Rose: What gets it up at night brings it down in the morning!
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Crazy Credits

The end credits include the receipe for the "Mignonettes de veau" that Felix cooks for Rose in the film: Mignonettes de veau Vous êtes nombreux à nous demander la recette des "Mignonettes de veau" qui est décrite au générique de fin du film ! Préparation : 10mn - Cuisson : 8mn environ Ingrédients pour 2 personnes : 400g de veau 250g de carottes 4 petites courgettes rondes (ou 2 allongées) 6 tomates grappe 2 blancs de poireaux 1 cuillère de vinaigre balsamique 1 cuillère à soupe d'huile d'olive 1 pincée de graines de sésame Armagnac Persil plat, poivre et gros sel Découper les légumes en julienne. Les réduire à feu doux dans une sauteuse avec un filet d'huile d'olive pendant 5 minutes. Y ajouter une pincée de gros sel, du persil et poivrer. Remuer le tout avec une spatule en bois en racontant votre vie. Couper le veau en tranches d'environ 2 cm. Oter les légumes du feu et placer les mignonettes de veau dans une poêle déjà chaude. Arroser largement la viande d'Armagnac puis faire flamber. Laisser la flamme environ 1 minute. Reposer sur le feu et y ajouter une pincée de graines de sésame ainsi que le vinaigre balsamique (ou la sauce soja selon disponibilité). Servir chaud nappé des légumes croquants. Suggestion d'accompagnement : Calon-Ségur 96 This is translated on the English print. See more »

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References Roman Holiday (1953) See more »

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Vas Adelante
Written by Eric Serra
Performed by Clementine Celarie
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A delightful, excentric and funny comedy about falling in love
19 September 2002 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

"Décalage Horaire" or "Jet Lag" premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2002.

Danielle Thompson's "Decalage Horaire" is a simple, yet not necessarily simplistic, ode to love. The story concerns two opposites who meet at Charles de Gaulle Airport during a strike. They are constantly thrown together by fate ending up spending a night together (sex does not enter the equation) and during the course of their wait realising they have more in common than they thought.

Félix (Jean Reno) is a French man living in the US. He is chasing after a woman he belives he still loves. Rose (Juliette Binoche) is a Beautician who has a one-way ticket to Mexico, she is desperately running away from a man she no longer loves.

As Félix, Reno gives a sullen performance as a man on the edge, caught between the chronic boredom of his life and the disappointment of a failed romance. His chemistry with Binoche is magnetic, and surprising, it's so much stronger than the Binoche-Depp pairing of Chocolat.

The revelation of the film however is Juliette Binoche' terrific turn as Rose. The beautician who hides behind a mask of colouful makeup and only becomes truly beautiful the day she removes it.

Binoche in her first successful comic role (in Chocolat afterall she was a more tragic figure) succeeds in creating a wonderfully funny and charming young woman, with an endearingly vunerable side. Time after time Reno feeds her the lines and she returns with the best moments of the film. Two parts which stand out are when Felix assumes Rose is a prostitute and when she discusses her make-up routine with him. Binoche will probably be César nominated for her role, and because this is such a change in direction for her she may even win.

The best thing about "Décalage Horaire" is that it is not merely sentimental, it's ironic tone is winning and much more interesting. Thompson's assured directon shows signs of maturity since "La buche", while her writing is as astute as ever.

The ending in mexico to the strains of Macy Gray's redoubtable "I try" is a memorable ending, for it's immediacy and it's pure sheer pleasure.

Viva la Binoche!


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