A screen biography chronicling the lives of the Cousteau family, from Jacques-Yves’s early days as a biologist and filmmaker, through his meteoric rise as an international superstar and the latter days when his son Philippe convinced him to become more interested in the environment as well, not just depict the oceans for the sake of entertainment. The film touches (briefly) on Jacques’s infidelities and his undeniably enduring marriage, but the emotional core is the often troubled and resentful relationship between him and Philippe. Good acting and location work, enchantingly captured by Matias Boucard’s camera.
2016-France. 122 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Jérôme Salle. Book: Albert Falco, Yves Paccalet (”Capitaine de la Calypso”). Cinematography: Matias Boucard. Cast: Lambert Wilson (Jacques-Yves Cousteau), Pierre Niney (Philippe Cousteau), Audrey Tautou (Simone Melchior Cousteau), Laurent Lucas, Benjamin Lavernhe, Vincent Heneine.
Trivia: Original title: L’Odyssée.