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Jet Lag

Director: Daniele Thompson

FRANCE-U.K.| 2002. ENGLISH SUBTITLES. COLOUR. ANAMORPHIC. DOLBY DIGITAL STEREO. 91 MINUTES.


Director Daniele Thompson’s romantic comedy, which pairs superstars Juliette Binoche and Jean Reno, is a classic romantic comedy with none of the introspection or intense drama traditionally associated with French relationship movies. Jet Lag is a slick, calculating mainstream movie which survives because of the giant screen presence of its stars. Binoche especially has never before shown such megawatt movie-star charisma. The Oscar-winner exudes vulnerability as Rose, a low-class beautician who has finally decided to leave her abusive boyfriend (Sergi Lopez in a cameo role) and take a job in Acapulco. At Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris she is stranded like thousands of other travellers by a transport union strike and finds herself borrowing the cellular phone of Felix (Reno), a famous French chef who lives in the U.S. and is laid over in Paris on his way to Munich.
The two inadvertently bump into each other several times as they wait for news of their flights. He discovers about her situation and gradually she finds out that he is going to Munich to the funeral of his ex-girlfriend’s grandmother in an attempt to win her back. As the delays drag on, he invites Rose to share his room at the hotel he is being put up in. Naturally, the night will change their lives forever.

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