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The Sweet Escape (2015)

Comme un avion (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 10 June 2015 (France)
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Michel, a fifty year old man, graphic designer, decides to change the urban lifestyle and go on an adventure. Fascinated by airmail, he dreams at Jean Mermoz when he's on scooter. One day, Michel sees a picture of a kayak.


Bruno Podalydès
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruno Podalydès Bruno Podalydès ... Michel
Sandrine Kiberlain ... Rachelle
Agnès Jaoui ... Laëtitia
Vimala Pons ... Mila
Denis Podalydès ... Rémi
Michel Vuillermoz Michel Vuillermoz ... Christophe
Jean-Noël Brouté Jean-Noël Brouté ... Damien
Pierre Arditi ... Le pêcheur qui ressemble à Pierre Arditi
Noémie Lvovsky ... Mme Pirchtate, la voisine
Samir Guesmi ... Le livreur
Mehdi Djaadi Mehdi Djaadi ... Le vigile hypermarché
Blutch Blutch ... Bastien
Benjamin Lavernhe ... Bernard
Leslie Menu Leslie Menu ... Annabella
Nassime Nazari Nassime Nazari ... La femme coursier


Middle-aged graphic design company manager Michel loves planes. Day and night - in the shower, at work, riding his scooter - he dreams of life as an airborne explorer. Then one day a photograph stops him dead in his tracks. Kayaks - they could almost be planes, planes without wings. Seized by a sudden crazy impulse, Michel orders the whole package online: canoe, paddles - everything he needs for an expedition. His wife Rachelle encourages him to set out alone on his escapade. So what if he's never rowed a boat in his life? Adventure is adventure. His big trip on the water turns out to be full of surprises and unexpected encounters: Laetitia, the owner of a riverside bar, her crazy employees, the young waitress Mila - after a night in their company, Michel finds it very hard to leave. Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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Comedy | Drama


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Bruno Podalydès is director and writer and actor in this movie in which 2 other family members star as well, namely his brother (the boss of his firm) and his son (the young kayak driver who he runs into at the end of the movie). See more »

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French comedy
7 June 2020 | by hof-4See all my reviews

This is one of these films that brings to mind the suspicion that "French comedy" is an oxymoron. The script (by director and lead actor Bruno Podalydès) is repetitive, full of clichés and commonplaces. As an actor, Podalydès runs the gamut from A to A; his fastidious character is cute for about ten minutes, then becomes increasingly tiresome. The other actors do what they can with with their trite and predictable lines. Special mention for Pierre Arditi, who disgraces himself clowning for the camera without eliciting even a slight smile, let alone a laugh. To top it all we have twenty minutes of sappy, forgettable songs and a scene that turns into a low quality musical. A spectacular miss.

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