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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.


Jérôme Salle


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


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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The following statement is displayed during the closing credits (version shown here is the English subtitle translation as it appears onscreen): "The film is based on well-known elements from the biography of Jacques-Yves Cousteau which are public knowledge. The screenplay was freely inspired on "My Father, the Captain" by Jean-Michel Cousteau and "Capitaine de la Calypso" by Albert Falco and Yves Paccalet. Jerôme Salle carried out in-depth research and gathered numerous testimonies, namely from former Cousteau crew members, to write the screenplay and prepare the film. The film focuses on Cousteau's first family." See more »


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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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Household Name Growing Up - Jacques Cousteau
16 February 2020 | by jon-890-677060See all my reviews

Currently at the age of 57, it's fair to say that, hearing the name {Jacques Cousteau}, be it random conversation w others, catching it on the radio or perhaps, seeing him on a TV special or documentary, was as common an occurrence over the decades (before his death), as was waking up, to cartoons every Saturday morning (during that era).

For those unfamiliar w the name & legacy of Jacques Cousteau, this is an important & smart film, especially for those possessing a concentrated interest, in the historical perspective, of such a profound conservationist (so far ahead of his time).

Personal Disclosure: As an individual that does not adopt to the supposition, of anthropomorphic climate-change, it is important to note that, much of Cousteau's efforts, during the last (almost) two-decades of his explorations, were given, to legitimate environmental concerns. And, going forward, he invested his life's work, exposing & educating the world, on the ramifications of unchecked pollution, and subsequently, the needless and/or, haphazard slaughtering, of any species (to the point of extinction).

The Odyssey, did & will continue, to help generations to come, remember the life & legacy of such a special individual (and family).

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12 October 2016 (France) See more »

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