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The Odyssey (2016)

L'odyssée (original title)
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The aquatic adventure of the highly influential and fearlessly ambitious pioneer, innovator, filmmaker, researcher, and conservationist, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, covers roughly thirty years of an inarguably rich in achievements life.

Director:

Jérôme Salle

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Jérôme Salle (screenplay), Laurent Turner (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lambert Wilson ... Jacques-Yves Cousteau
Pierre Niney ... Philippe Cousteau
Audrey Tautou ... Simone Cousteau
Laurent Lucas ... Philippe Tailliez
Benjamin Lavernhe Benjamin Lavernhe ... Jean-Michel Cousteau
Vincent Heneine ... Albert 'Bébert' Falco
Thibault de Montalembert Thibault de Montalembert ... Etienne Deshaies
Roger Van Hool ... Daniel Cousteau dit Daddy
Chloe Hirschman ... Jan Cousteau
Adam Neill ... David Wolper
Olivier Galfione Olivier Galfione ... Frédéric Dumas
Martin Loizillon Martin Loizillon ... Henri Plé
Ulysse Stein Ulysse Stein ... Philippe Cousteau (enfant)
Rafaël de Ferran Rafaël de Ferran ... Jean-Michel Cousteau (enfant)
Chloe Williams Chloe Williams ... Eugénie Clark
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Storyline

From 1949 to 1979, thirty years in the life of captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the famous researcher, scientist, inventor, filmmaker whose greatest achievement is to have made the general public more curious - and accordingly closer - to the sea. A genius, a leader of men and a charismatic opinion maker, Cousteau was not without defects, his being unfaithful to ever-supportive wife Simone for example or else his vainglory..., but let him who is without sin cast the first stone. The spectator leaves Cousteau in mid-1979 at the worst time of his life: his favorite son, Philippe, has just died in the crash of a plane he was piloting. The dashing conqueror of the sea has suddenly become a broken old man, tempted to discouragement but his eldest son Jean-Michel is by his side to help him overcome his grief and go on with his mission... Written by Guy Bellinger

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The tempestuous life of the biggest seafarer of the 20th century. See more »


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Rated PG for thematic material, language, and smoking | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official site [France]

Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

12 October 2016 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Odisseia See more »

Filming Locations:

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Budget:

€20,000,000 (estimated)
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2.66 : 1
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Award: Greenpeace-Lurra award at the San Sebastian Film Festival (2016). See more »

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Quotes

Jacques-Yves Cousteau: With this equipment we can breathe underwater, free as a fish without effort. Thanks to this invention, man can live up to his century-old dream. Fly. Because once underwater, you're totally weightless. From above, you have your beautiful sunlight and you are getting dark blue. You swim between those two worlds, far from the people, the noise, silent. And the sea... The sea surrounds you, carries you...
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Symphony N°3 in F Major, opus 90
Composed by Johannes Brahms
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A beautiful and important film not to miss
1 January 2017 | by debeggerchSee all my reviews

This is a beautiful, poignant film, which artfully uses a (true) family story to magnify a larger global tragedy, of which we are all a part. The audience of which I was a part, was moved to silence and stillness at the end of the film. I left the movie house changed for the better and in deep introspection.

Unfortunately, the film is only available in French, as far as I know, which limits its exposure. The film provides much food for thought and reflection as well as impressive images of our beautiful and precious world, which we so ashamedly, if without malice, neglect. As you can tell, I highly recommend this film.


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