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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 movie Hollywood could never make...
27 April 1999 | by Mickey-4See all my reviews

The Voyage in question immerses the viewer in the world of these two talkative yet strangely inarticulate friends without offering easy answers or facile insights. The viewer follows where the Voyage leads, as the characters themselves do, and bask in the summer sunlight of the French countryside. There are answers but the questions themselves are ambiguous and contradictory. Chaplin and Sanda, consummate actors, bring a crackling intensity and (at times) affecting vulnerability to their roles. The soundtrack enhances contemplative episodes with tenderly played bagatelles from Beethoven, which offer ironic counterpoint even while evoking a nostalgia for "lost time".

The claustrophobia-inducing tight interior shots bracketing the beginning and end of the film also intensify the exchange of roles between the two main characters that has gradually taken place during the journey. Elena (Sanda) has helped Lucia (Chaplin) rebuild her confidence and self-esteem but has herself become vulnerable and unstable in the process...

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4 January 1980 (France) See more »

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A Sweet Journey See more »

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1.66 : 1
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