OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies
First screened in August 2014
Director: Michel Hazanavicius. With Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, Richard Sammel, Abdallah Moundy, Philippe Lefebvre, Aure Atika, Constantin Alexandrov, Arsène Mosca, Claude Brosset, Eric Prat, Said Amadis, Khalid Maadour, François Damiens, Youssef Hamid, Laurent Bateau. Screenplay: Jean-François Halin and Michel Hazanavicius (from the novel OSS 117 by Jean Bruce).

Twitter Capsule: Farce minus any edge or vim; jokes that land start to feel like happy accidents. All a bit puerile.

VOR:   Suggests its makers know Egyptian cinema and Hollywood B-movies as well as Bond cycle. Moderate ambition, then, to such cross-cultural bricolage. Dujardin's breakout.

Photo © 2006 Gaumont/Mandarin Films/M6 Films, © 2008 Music Box Films

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C–

César Awards (French Oscars): Best Production Design (Maamar Ech-Cheikh)

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