OSS 117: Le Caire, nid d'espions

NOT AVAILABLE ANYMORE TO STREAM ON NETFLIX. NOW AVAILABLE ON NETFLIX DVD. OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (OSS 117: Le Caire, nid d'espions) is what Mike Meyers was going for with the Austin Powers series, but goes deeper, and more genuinely into the intricate genre of crime and espionage that the French love so much.

The throwback style of filming, inspired by the golden years of the 50's and 60's, creates an overall love letter to vintage spy movies.  

But of course the most memorable component in OSS 117 is the charming secret agent himself, as his character is a perfectly mixed cocktail of parody, stylization, and allure. Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, France's national intelligence's pride and joy, is played by Jean dujardin, who is simply made for this part. Dujardin takes much delight in portraying the loveably self possessed heartbreaker, who always seems to not quite grasp the scope of his actions, or even his profession.  

And it wouldn't be your classic secret agent film without complex plot lines and endless twists and turns. With nazis, middle east unease, and femme fatales, you won't be able to resist.  

The last of these is secured by the beautiful but slightly self-righteous Larmina El Akmar Betouche (Bérénice Bejo) and the truly bad to the bone Constantin Alexandrov.

This weekend, enjoy secret agent parody the French way!

Nicole Eicholtz