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Le voyage en douce (1980)

Childhood friends, dominant Helene and submissive Lucie, are now in their thirties and married. Nostalgic about their youth, they take a bonding car trip to French countryside, while discussing their real and made up sexual experiences.


Michel Deville


Michel Deville
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dominique Sanda ... Hélène / Denis' wife
Geraldine Chaplin ... Lucie
Jacques Zabor Jacques Zabor ... Denis / Hélène's husband
Jean Crubelier Jean Crubelier ... L'homme des maisons / The man at the houses
Valerie Masterson Valerie Masterson ... La cantatrice / The singer
Cécile Le Bailly Cécile Le Bailly ... Marie / Lucie's cousin
Jacqueline Parent Jacqueline Parent ... Mathilde / Pinson's girlfriend
Jacques Pieiller Jacques Pieiller ... Pinson / Salesman
Françoise Morhange Françoise Morhange ... La grande-mère / The Grandmother
Frédéric Andréi ... Le jeune homme de l'hôtel / The young man at the hotel
Christophe Malavoy ... L'homme du train / The man on the train
André Marcon ... L'homme du concert / The man at the concert
Catherine Le Dall Catherine Le Dall ... La marraine / The godmother
Hélène Garcia Hélène Garcia ... La pompiste / The pump attendant
Robin Camus Robin Camus ... Lucas / Hélène's son


Lucia and Elena are best friends since childhood. They take a car trip from Paris to the country. Their conversations are overtly intimate, but more revealing is their tacit understanding of each others' personality and desires. Written by Greg Pribyl <gpribyl@isd.net>

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What women talk about when men aren't around


Comedy | Drama


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A Sexual Oddyssey
2 August 2009 | by kenjhaSee all my reviews

Two women who have been lifelong friends take a few days off to bond while wandering around the French countryside. The whole film is little more than the two relating events to each other, mostly told in flashbacks. As such, it is not particularly engaging. To make up for the shortcomings of the script, the director comes up with excuses for each actress to strip every once in a while - not that there's anything wrong with that, especially when one of the bodies belongs to lovely Sanda. This being a French film, most of the exploits related by the women are sexual, including a truly bizarre one involving Sanda and her grandmother!

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4 January 1980 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Sweet Journey See more »

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1.66 : 1
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