The Odyssey

French Title: L’Odyssée
Genre: Adventure, Biopic
Director: Jérôme Salle
Cast: Lambert Wilson, Pierre Niney, Audrey Tautou
Distributor: Wild Bunch
Length: 108 min
Country: France
Release: CT Premiere
Select Awards: César Awards Nomination: Best Sound; Cristal Awards Nomination: Best Actress, Best Actor

Saturday, April 1 at 7pm (Bow Tie Cinemas, Greenwich, CT)

The legendary Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau (Lambert Wilson), scientist, inventor, author and filmmaker, introduced a whole generation to the wonders of undersea exploration and brought the magic of the oceans to living rooms around the world… but at what cost? Living with his wife (Audrey Tautou) and sons in a beautiful house overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Cousteau’s life takes a dramatic turn with his co-invention of the autonomous diving suit that allows him
to breathe underwater. From this day on, he is willing to sacrifice everything to conquer the seas. Blinded by his unrelenting drive for success, he stands to lose all as his life spirals out of control after the tragic death of his favorite son, Philippe (Pierre Niney). Suddenly a broken man begins to overcome his grief and find the courage to continue, as son Jean-Michel teaches him the most important lesson he will ever learn…

Set against the backdrop of a cross-generational family drama, The Odyssey is an epic ode to exploration and a celebration of the human drive to seek out new realms of discovery.

FOCUS ON: Origin of the Film
“I found myself talking about Cousteau at home and I realized that my son had no idea who I was talking about. He knew nothing, not the films, nor the Calypso, nor the crew’s red hats! I was dumb- founded because for the people of my generation, Captain Cousteau was like a sort of Jesus or at least one of the most famous men in the world…I began talking to people around me and started to realize that he was completely falling into oblivion, especially for the younger generations. So I decided to do some research on Cousteau to get an idea of what was being said about him. It turned out that all this internet, book and documentary research I was doing woke up a nostalgia of my childhood.
I also realized that apart from Wes Anderson ‘s film Aquatic Life, no film project had ever attempted to portray his exceptional destiny…I quickly uncovered a mystery: very little is known about Jacques Yves Cousteau. He mastered his communication perfectly by filming himself with his crew but without ever revealing anything about his own personal life.”