The Odyssey / L’Odyssée


Opening Night

Director: Jérôme Salle
Cast: Lambert Wilson, Audrey Tautou, Pierre Niney, Vincent Heneine, Laurent Lucas, Benjamin Lavernhe
Country: France
Language: French with English subtitles
Year of production: 2016
Genre: Biopic, Adventure
Rating: PG Coarse language
Duration: 123 min
Festivals: San Sebastian International Film Festival 2016
Awards: Académie des César Award for Best Sound

“Astonishing and sumptuous, this film of Jérôme Salle makes us discover unknown aspects of the personality of the man with the red cap.” Le Parisien


1948. Jacques-Yves Cousteau, his wife, and his two sons live in paradise in a beautiful house looking out over the Mediterranean Sea. But Cousteau dreams of adventure. Thanks to his invention, an autonomous diving suit that allows him to breathe underwater, he has discovered a new world. He will explore this world, and is prepared to sacrifice everything to do so.

Lambert Wilson embodies with force and mastery this passionate explorer, who transforms into a demanding businessman, and – in his later life – into the famous environmental activist. On board his ship, The Calypso, Cousteau travelled the seas. As the ‘man with the red cap’, he was known for his underwater explorations, bringing the magic of that world to an international TV audience in his popular documentaries.

This film invites us to marvel at the magic that lies underwater – one lyrical sequence shows a majestic whale drifting peacefully in the blue sea. Combining elements of biopic and romantic fresco full of family drama, The Odyssey takes us on an adventurous journey.



Celebrate the Opening Night of the Alliance Française French Film Festival 2017 by joining us 45 minutes before the printed screening time* at participating cinemas.
The ticket price for this event includes a glass of wine from our Official Wine Sponsor, Clos Henri.

* Dorothy Browns Arrowtown, Lido Cinema Hamilton and Rialto Cinemas Tauranga: opening night 30 minutes before the screening.
Please note that no official opening night will be held in Timaru or Berkeley Cinemas Takapuna, Auckland.

Ticket links will be added as they become available
Note that in Arrowtown tickets are only available from the cinema.

Wed 1 Mar 6:30 pm E
Mon 6 Mar 3:50 pm D
Wed 15 Mar 8:35 pm D
Sun 19 Mar 1:30 pm D
Tues 21 Mar 10:30 am D
Sun 2 Apr 3:20 pm D

Thurs 2 Mar 8:15 pm
Mon 6 Mar 12:00 pm
Tues 14 Mar 10:30 am
Sat 18 Mar 6:20 pm
Wed 22 Mar 1:00 pm
ENCORE SESSION: Sat 1 Apr 4:00 pm

Fri 3 Mar 12:30 pm
Mon 6 Mar 6:00 pm
Sun 12 Mar 2:00 pm
Thurs 16 Mar 12:30 pm
ENCORE SESSION: Sun 9 Apr 3:30 pm

Wed 8 Mar 6:30 pm
Sat 11 Mar 3:30 pm
Sun 19 Mar 3:00 pm

Thurs 9 Mar 6:30 pm
Tues 14 Mar 4:20 pm
Sun 19 Mar 1:40 pm
Fri 24 Mar 8:45 pm
ENCORE SESSION: Sat 8 Apr 3:30 pm

Thurs 9 Mar 6:00 pm
Tues 14 Mar 5:00 pm

Thurs 16 Mar 5:45 pm
Sun 19 Mar 3:30 pm

Thurs 16 Mar 6:00 pm
Sun 26 Mar 4:30 pm

Wed 22 Mar 6:30 pm
Fri 31 Mar 8:00 pm

Thurs 23 Mar 6:30 pm
Tues 4 April 2:30 pm

Thurs 23 Mar 7:45 pm
Sun 2 Apr 11:05 am
Tues 11 Apr 8:30 pm

Wed 29 Mar 6:30 pm SOLD OUT
Mon 3 Apr 11:00 am
Mon 10 Apr 8:10 pm

Thur 30 Mar 6:15 pm
Mon 3 Apr 6:00 pm
Sun 9 Apr 1:25 pm

E Embassy Theatre
D Deluxe Theatre

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