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De la Bath. Hubert Bonnisseur de la Bath
on February 21, 2012
I learned about this movie after seeing the Oscar nominated The Artist (DVD + Blu-ray Combo)also starring Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo and directed by Michel Hazanvicius.
Dujardin bears an uncanny resemblance to Sean Connery which makes him a natural choice for this role. You may be surprised at how gifted he is as a comic actor, and how funny this movie is. Based on a series of French books called OSS 117 by Jean Bruce which appear to spoof James Bond, it's somewhat of a combination James Bond and Inspector Clouseau, and has a wonderful French ambiance, mood and soundtrack. The attention to detail is incredible. The first of over 100 OSS 117 books was written 4 years before Ian Fleming's James Bond book.
Curiously, even though Hubert Bonnisseurde la Bath is a secret agent, people seem to know who he is. When a fellow agent and his best friend is killed he gets sent on a mission to Egypt and goes undercover as the owner of a chicken factory. An attractive young lady (Berenice Bejo) is his liaison, and he immediately rubs her the wrong way with his insensitive comments. As he hunts for clues he inadvertently upsets the local Muslims, when he shuts up the Muezzin who woke him up with his yelling.
And there are Nazis too.
Another movie starring with the same lead actor and director is Oss 117 Rio Ne Repond Plus. In my view the Cairo movie is somewhat better, and I do recommend them both. It's interesting to watch Dujardin's independently moving eyebrows in these Dujardin and he has since since mastered disciplined those brows in his sublime majestic turn as Georges Valentin in The Artist, which has been winning huge during awards season with 10 nominations and seems to be destined for Oscar glory.
I think you will love it and I hope this was helpful.