“BON VOYAGE” is one of the best films to come from France in the past year. Taking place during WW2, it offers suspense, action, romance and ingenious comedy, in a well blended film with a satisfying conclusion. Isabelle Adjani stars as Viviane, a famous film actress, whom gets away with killing a man, after her love-struck childhood neighbor accepts the blame, demonstrating his love for her. As the Nazis continue their advance on to Paris, the decent(and some “indecent”) inhabitants try to escape. Viviane, her lover, the neighbor, whom has escaped with a fellow prisoner, and many more, all run away from danger, and run into one another in the town of Bordeaux. What follows is a high-wire act, combining numerous comedic, tension-filled scenes, somehow put together in a form that works brilliantly. Sure, the acting and entire production is first-class, but much of the film’s success has to be due to the magnificent pacing from director Jean-Paul Rappeneau. The film never lets up! Even when it’s ended, viewers will wish it was even longer!
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has provided the film’s original 2.35:1 aspect ratio, with 16:9 enhancement. Colors are often vibrant and the image is basically well-polished, however the contrast quality varies in darker scenes. Fleshtones appear natural.
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has presented a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. While it offers some separation effects, adding to the film’s atmosphere, surrounds are underused. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has provided a running commentary as an option. Unfortunately, Rappeneau doesn’t speak fluent English, so subtitles must do the job. It’s not an engaging commentary, relying mostly on pure description of scenes as they unfold.
Several trailers are included.