review by Carrie Gorringe, 20 September 2002
27th Toronto International Film
Seattle International Film Festival 2003
Rose (Juliette Binoche) is a
scatterbrained make-up artist whose greatest canvas is herself.
With hair that's lacquered and a face painted to the nines,
she totters around a terminal in Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport in
ankle-threatening high heels in search of a flight to Mexico and --
possibly -- a new life away from her abusive boyfriend, Serge (Sergi
her long-distance and on-going argument with Serge is cut short when
her cell phone meets with a ghastly end.
Desperate to finish it, Rose spots Félix, (Jean Reno), who,
somewhat reluctantly, offers to lend her his cell in order for her
to finish the call. Since
the airport is shut down due to bad weather and all incoming and
outgoing flights have been cancelled, it might be inevitable that
Rose and Félix might encounter each other again.
Instead, they encounter each other again, and again, and
again, each time learning more about the other than perhaps each
might want to know. She's
a child of Communist parents who still cries when she hears L'Internationale;
he's a thrice-divorced former chef, now head of a frozen-food
company, whose own current relationship is in questionable
condition. Is this a
case of opposites attracting?
Jet Lag director Danièlle Thompson and her son, co-writer
Christopher Thompson, have whipped up more than the average
screwball comedy; it's
a delightful madcap soufflé of chance encounters that nudges the
line between comedy and farce without going over the top.
Oscar-winner Binoche (The English Patient, Chocolat)
is breathtakingly hilarious as the ditzy gamine who has had, up
until now, unyielding faith in the power of eyeliner to solve all of
the world's problems –well, at least, her problems, anyway.
Reno (Les Visiteurs, The Professional)
inspires humor just by showing up:
his hangdog face and much-put-upon tone of voice are a
perfect foil to Binoche's dazzle.
It's a film that's uncomplicated and unabashed fun, one that
may even make you want to experience a layover at the airport.
Toronto International Film Festival Coverage:
Seattle International Film Festival:
Christopher Thompson (I) Danièle Thompson
NR - Not Rated.
This film has not