Released: October 30 2003
Cast: Juliette Binoche, Jean Reno
Director: Daniele Thompson
Genre: Romantic Comdey
Running Time: 84 Minutes
The Battle Of The Sexes Just Got Sexier
Set Roissy-Charles De Gaulle airport, 'Jet Lag' follows two stranded air passengers - Juliette Binoche and Jean Reno - who keep running into each other over the course of the day. Directed by Daniele Thompson, this French romantic comedy explores the games fate plays and the unexpected encounters that change our lives.
Juliette Binoche is simply gorgeous in Jet Lag. She has a perfect complexion, which is apparent in so many close-ups in this movie. She and Jean Reno dominate the screen for the whole of the movie, as it is really a study of their two characters, Rose and Felix. Rose is running away from an abusive relationship and Jean is running to a former relationship. Each is at a cross-road in their lives which now intersect at the airport by chance. Rose accidentally flushes her mobile telephone down the toilet. She was in the middle of a conversation and wishes to continue it. As she returns to wait at the airport which is in crisis over strikes and poor weather, she sees Felix using a mobile and when he has finished his call, she asks if she can borrow it to make a call. Then the fun begins. Although some of their meeting and situations are a little implausible they eventually share a room at a hotel for the night it is fun watching the two bounce off each other as they play the waiting game. Neither is happy with their present lives and is searching for the answer to a better solution. Will they find it with each other? This really is a case of opposites attract, although I did find it hard to warm to Felix as he did seem distant and uninterested sometimes.
Jet Lag is subtitled (I wish I knew French!!) but this is not a problem although you sometimes wonder about the nuances of language and its translation. It is an easy movie to watch because of Juliette Binoche, as it is her that carries this movie and lifts it from being too ordinary.
- Christina Bruce