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Sunday, March 24, 2013

OSS 117: Rio Ne Repond Plus (aka OSS 117: Lost In Rio) (2009)

Set in 1967, a French secret agent (Jean Dujardin, THE ARTIST) is sent to Rio De Janeiro to retrieve a piece of microfilm from a Nazi (Rudiger Vogler) who escaped to Brazil after WWII. The microfilm is a list of French collaborators with the Nazis. Once in Rio, however, he is approached by the Israeli Mossad who aren't interested in the microfilm but want the Nazi to put on trial. Despite the serious synopsis, this is a comedy, a spoof of the international spy genre. A sequel to OSS 117: CAIRO, NEST OF SPIES, this one is only fitfully funny (Dujardin roasting a crocodile on a spit for dinner, an amusing nod to Hitchcock's NORTH BY NORTHWEST) and lacks the inspired hilarity of the first installment. Dujardin remains a real charmer, even if his character is a borderline chauvinist racist. The director Michel Hazanavicius gets the period look right, it looks like a 1967 film and Ludovic Bource's retro score is a delight. With Louise Monot, Alex Lutz, Ken Samuels and Reem Kherici.

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