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"Jet Lag" is so simple and unassuming in its early stages that we are amazed to discover, about a third of the way through, just how completely it has managed to sneak up on us and win us over. Unlike most American romantic comedies, "Jet Lag" allows its characters to actually talk and get to know one another. It sure doesn't hurt, of course, that Binoche and Reno are such talented, attractive performers who establish an astonishing rapport in their scenes together. Sure, the plotting isn't exactly believable, but when is that ever the case in a film of this type anyway? The thing that matters is that we like the people we have become involved with and that we can accept, if only for just a moment, the possibility that they might be able to find happiness together. That is certainly the case in this film. (If there is a criticism to be leveled against the film, it is that it is simply too short, clocking in at barely over 80 minutes. How many films can one say THAT about?).
"Jet Lag" could have been a completely insubstantial little film; instead, it resonates with a joyfulness and charm that truly captivate the viewer. This is a winner well worth checking out.
Juliette Binouche steps into the tacky clothes and glitzy makeup of a superficial loquacious beautician who needs her makeup, perfumes, and wacky clothes to complete her 'self', an unlucky-at-love waif on her way to Acapulco from the Charles DeGaulle airport. She encounters a neurotic, fastidious (except for his groungy hair and beard) chef play by the usually dark 'hitman' Jean Reno and because of strikes in the Paris airlines and trains preventing scheduled flights, she agrees to share a room wiht him for the night until their separate flights are available. Well, of course, the 'odd couple' find subtle but strong needs in the opposite persons and the way their rather bizarre cohabitation results in their mutual and individual awakenings is the source of the plot and the delight for the viewer. Both Binouche and Reno create indelible characters and their transformations are wise and wonderful.. A definite 'feel good' movie - and we certainly need films like this as warm entertainment. Kudos to director Danielle Thompson for uncovering other layers in these two fine actors' gifts.
Don't be fooled by the "oh we're having so much fun" (which I am assuming is an American-ized) dvd cover, and if you've seen the American/English preview, it is just as misleading.
Juliette Binoche and Jean Reno serve wonderful performances as two people who are struggling with their very livestyles and personal problems. Initially they are not impressed with the other person but as this story grows, so does their realization that a book cannot be judged by its cover.
It is exciting watching them challenge one another, and each character takes what they have learned in order to find the courage to take giant steps in improving their lives.
I would not call this a comedy, nor a drama. Its a "dramedy", more like. Funny at points, dramatic, sad, romantic, and real. If you dislike the rubbish that Hollywood churns out, please check out this film. C'est magnifique!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Huge fan of Jean Reno and story line is very entertaining.Published 4 months ago by Charles Fabrycky
Very excellent acting by two award winning professionals. Juliette Binoche is drop dead gorgeous!Published 6 months ago by The Hawk
(Spoilers) OK...so it's one of my favorite films! In the same vein as 'A Man and a Woman' no one knew this would also become a magical film! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Get Serious
I love this movie but they dubbed it in English and it loses so much of it's Humor it was disappointing I would rather they just put subtitles. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ghislene
The only reason I give it 3 stars is because this rental was dubbed and not English subtitles. I LOVE LISTENING TO THESE TWO SPEAK FRENCH. Read morePublished 14 months ago by C.B.
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