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Les Visiteurs (Bilingual)


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  • Actors: Jean Reno, Christian Clavier, Valerie Lemercier
  • Directors: Jean-Marie Poirier
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: TVA
  • Release Date: Oct. 25 2011
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005G2OJYA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,168 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Lorsqu’un chevalier du Moyen âge et son valet traversent dix siècles pour se retrouver à notre époque, ils ont le choc de leur vie! Et lorsqu’en plus ils retrouvent leurs lointains descendants, on peut s’imaginer le fossé des générations qui les sépare! Tout allait pourtant bien pour le preux chevalier Godefroy de Montmirail (Jean Réno) en 1122 il venait d’être nommé seigneur et s’apprêtait à épouser la belle Frénégonde (Valérie Lemercier), un honneur qui rejaillissait aussi sur son valet Jacquouille (Christian Clavier). Mais un sort projette maître et valet mille ans dans l’avenir. Que de choses à découvrir en 1992 : l’eau courante, la démocratie, la propreté, la sexualité moderne…Godefroy rencontre sa lointaine descendante, Béatrice (Lemercier dans un double rôle) tandis que Jacquouille découvre que le dernier de sa progéniture, Jacquart (Clavier encore), possède le château seigneurial, devenu auberge de luxe. Godefroy doit réintégrer son époque coûte que coûte pour que sa destiné s’accomplisse.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Cook on March 5 2003
Format: DVD
Well, for quite awhile, this DVD was not available in the US, and even hard to find in its native France. It was a nice surprise to finally see it appear stateside, and hopefully, it's appearance will garner some more attention to French comedies. The story focuses around a nobleman who, along with his oafish servent, is transported forward in time to modern day France. In their new surroundings, they must deal with life in the modern world, as well as try to figure out how to return to their own time. Christian Clavier and Jean Reno do outstanding jobs as the misplaced main characters, and the movie moves at such a pace, that it offers plenty of laughs. Do yourself a favor and check this movie out if you're never seen it, you won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on Nov. 8 2002
Format: DVD
This movie (or, film, for you students of pretense) is a pleasant blend of history, satire, and fiction. Contrary to the opinons expressed in one of the previous reviews, I believe that Valerie Lemercier, as Frenegonde, is FAR superior to Christina Applegate. Ms. Applegate was beautiful as Kelley Bundy, but seems to lack the range and tongue-in-cheek humor of Ms. Lemercier. Marie-Anne Chazel (close friend of Christian Clavier) is great in her role as the bag lady who discovers the serf of her dreams. Jean Reno expertly plays the proud but confused knight, and demonstrates a flair for humor I had not previously seen - watch the scene where he tries to discover the purpose of a toilet, or where he takes a dignified bath enhanced by a half-gallon of Chanel No. 5.
I was a left a bit cold by M. Clavier's broad slapstick humor, but this was my only complaint. Les Visiteurs is, and will remain, one of my all-time favorite movies.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Medley on Feb. 15 2003
We watched this movie in French class. I may have been prejudiced before the first frame ran, as I absolutely adore Jean Reno, but I LOVE this movie. The sight gags and innuendos are priceless, and I have to say this is the first "time travel" movie that I actually liked. If you do not like this movie, it's because you don't get it!!
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Format: DVD
Comedy is a notoriously xenophobic traveller - happiest at home; always moaning about the people and conveniences abroad. So whereas a squire and his vassal can cross a millenium in time, the jokes and broad humour stay stubbornly rooted in France, leaving foreigners bemused at how 'The Visitors' so tickles the national funny bone. I guess it's the same with the 'Carry On' films: hilarious for us (in the British Isles), meaningless to everyone else. It's not just a case of knowing about French history or culture, but about being attuned to a particular comic tradition and its modes (in this case Parisian street theatre and cafe comedy) - if you don't understand them, how are you going to laugh at them?
'The Visitors' is basically a Gallic variation on the old Rip Van Winkle yarn, with a character transplanted from his age, attitudes and manners, and plonked into our own. Seen through an alien's eyes, the everyday world we take for granted becomes fresh and arguably ridiculous. The fact that this alien is a relative, one of 'us', makes the gap between his age and ours more pointed. So although the medieval realm Jean Reno's knight bestrides is muddy, violent, war-mongering, and socially unjust, it allows for a nobility, honesty, friendship and bravery that has no place in our world. When Reno in 1993 takes a bath in his underclothes, dumping thousands of francs worth of salts and ointments, it is we who look silly, not him, with our pointless waste, and obsessive preference for clean bodies over clean souls.
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Format: DVD
A very funny French comedy, this movie, and its sequel, was a huge hit in France.
A medieval knight (Jean Reno, of "The Professional" and "Godzilla" fame) and his servant (Christian Clavier, a famous French comic actor, unknown abroad) got magically transported forward in time to the XXth century, where he meets his descendants - and tries to adjust to our modern world, from the mysteries of running water and flushing toilets, to those of modern women and the free pursuit of life and happiness for all. The pace never slacks, the movie offers a series of sight gags, as well as a number of more tongue-in-cheek and even (gasp) intellectual jokes and double-entendres -along w/ some "profound" reflexions slickly intertwined w/in the storyline. The movie can be approached at several levels, from the basic visceral to the high-fallutin', and has appeal to different audiences - and viewers' moods. The language is precious (difference between old French and modern French) but there's enough situational and sight humour in there that even non-French speakers should find the movie enjoyable.
The U.S. remake, albeit with the same main actors, was not quite on a par, as seems to be too often the case. I felt it favored the slapstick, and neglected the more subtle undertones that the original managed to carry as well.
If I have to pick a nit, it would be that that the DVD doesn't offer more Special features <grumble grumble> - but the movie is well-worth the purchase (or rental :-) anyway. Pick a bottle of wine and some good cheese, and make an evening of it!
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