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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

Writers:

Jérôme Salle (screenplay), Laurent Turner (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lambert Wilson ... Jacques-Yves Cousteau
Pierre Niney ... Philippe Cousteau
Audrey Tautou ... Simone Cousteau
Laurent Lucas ... Philippe Tailliez
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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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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He discovered a new world and he wanted to protect it instead of conquering it. See more »


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Rated PG for thematic material, language, and smoking | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Romain Duris and Adrien Brody were both considered for the role of Cousteau. 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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California Dreamin
Written by John Phillips & Michelle Phillips
Performed by The Mamas and the Papas
Distrubuted by Dunhill Records
(from the 1965 album "If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears")
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Jaques, the Explorer
25 May 2019 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

If like me you were just periphically aware of Jaques Cousteau, this movie will you an insight. To the man, to the dreams and to his accomplishments, against all odds and all that. I mean some of the dialog (which may or may not be exaggerated) with film producers is just (comedy) gold. But you can see why they only had profit in their mind and he was out there for a different purpose. Now he was able to move his goals/dreams or make them bigger, by thinking outisde the box (no pun intended).

The movie is in french but there are quite a few scenes that are also in english. The main thing is, we get an insight into how he became who many got to know or read upon later on. Also an "influencer" as some might call him nowadays. An inspiring movie, that tells us to reach for the stars or the bottom of the sea - whichever is closer to your heart!


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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:

The Odyssey See more »

Filming Locations:

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Budget:

EUR20,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,763,264
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2.66 : 1
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