It’s 1955, and relations are tense between Nasser’s Egypt and France, friendly with Farouk. Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, a French spy, is in Cairo to investigate the disappearance of Jack Jefferson, a fellow OSS operative and Hubert’s best friend. Hubert’s cover is an urban chicken ranch; his assistant is the beautiful Larmina. One Arab asks about Hubert: is he smart, or is he an imbecile? He fights well but he’s supremely smug and self-confident, even as he’s deaf to cultural nuance and others’ feelings, so the odds are even that he might survive. —IMDb
Michel Haznavicius (born 29 March 1967) is a French film director, producer and screenwriter best known for his spy movie parodies OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies and OSS 117: Lost in Rio, both of which star Jean Dujardin. His upcoming film The Artist is scheduled to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
Before directing films, Haznavicius worked in television, beginning with the Canal+ channel, where he started as a director in 1988. He then moved into directing commercials for such companies as Reebok and Bouygues Telecom and made his first feature-length film, La classe américaine, for television in 1993. The film, co-directed with Dominique Mézerette, consisted entirely of footage taken from various films produced by the Warner Bros. studio, re-edited and dubbed into French. Haznavicius directed his first short film, Echec au capital, in 1997, and followed it up with his first theatrically released feature… read more
If Jerry Lewis had been cast as Agent OSS 117 this would have been just plain awful. As it is it is arid, colorless, drab, dreary, drudging, dry, dull, dusty, flat, heavy, ho-hum, humdrum, jading, jejune, leaden, mind-numbing, monochromatic, monotonous, numbing, old, pedestrian, ponderous, slow, stale, stodgy, stuffy, stupid, tame, tedious, tiresome, tiring, uninteresting, wearisome, weary, wearying (hey, this list of words cut and pasted from a thesaurus is actually funnier than the movie script).
A fun look at spy films directed by Michael Hazanavicius and starring Jean Dujardin. Dujardin plays a French spy on an assignment in Cairo trying to find out why an old friend of his died. Dujardin plays OSS 117 as a bumbling fool who can't seem to get anything right, he's charming in this role and plays the character so well. Often very funny, I found the film to fly right by and was never boring. It's a great spoof on other spy films, especially James Bond. Looking forward to the sequel.
This movie is soooooo fucking stupid , IN A GOOD WAY . I think that Jean Dujardin is one of the best James bond , and he's not even in the Bond franchise ! "j'aurais dû m'en douter, tu n'es pas seulement un lâche, tu es un traitre... comme ta petite taille le lassait deviner"