Les Visiteurs (Bilingual)
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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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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.
'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.Read more ›
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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This is a great movie. Full of laughs and not to be taken seriously.
The only problem is this version is NOT bilingual!
Heads up, this DVD has NO SUBTITLES whatsoever. Neither in English nor in French. There are no language dubs either. Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2013 by Robert Bennett
The original movie "Les Visiteurs" is so good, its a pity they had to spoil with the Americanized version - "Just Visiting" - which is at best an insult on the... Read morePublished on June 17 2004 by Marius Jordaan
I am a terrible movie afficianado, and this one was the creme de la creme of terrible movies. The 'plot' centers on a count and his vassal from 1076 who are magically transported... Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2003
Godefroy de Papincourt (Jean Reno) has recently saved the king and he finally gets the kings approval to marry the love of his life. Read morePublished on Sept. 26 2002 by Swederunner
Good French comedy, if you like French comedy. Silly, and it asks a bit much of the audience in terms of patience and suspension of you know what, but fun.Published on June 22 2002