While vacationing on Oléron Island, Jacques, 38, father of four young boys, gets fed up with beach life. He invests all his savings in the purchase of a yacht – a glorified dinghy – that he renames “Freedom-Oléron”. He then hatches a plan to sail over to neighboring Aix Island, 5 kilometers away. Although an incompetent sailor, Jacques tells his family that, after God, he is the only captain on board. As Albertine, his wife, will later say: “The trip over was marvelous, the sea an opal blue, everyone in tune, but…” The film is Podalydès’ vision of “holidays” with a Tati touch and a sense of derision.
Along with the Larrieu Brothers, the Martineau-Ducastel couple, or even Danièle Dubroux, Bruno Podalydès is, without any doubt, one of those who bring something new to French comedy nowadays and make it a clever, refined and somewhat subversive entertainment.
Born in 1961, Bruno Podalydès studied cinema in Saint-Denis University, before directing a series of corporate films for Air France featuring his brother Denis Podalydès,“the Antoine Doinel of corporate film”, he said. Their respective careers are now inseparable, since Denis plays the main part in all Bruno’s films. When he is asked how he sees his relationship with his brother who plays in all his films, he replies “like a director full of admiration for a great actor” of whom he praises the huge talent and the theatrical career in the Comédie Française.
Versailles rive gauche, his first film in 1992 was the first part of a “trilogy of train stations” (“trilogie des gares”). Acclaimed by critics, the film received… read more