Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Big Blue

With Laura over last Saturday night, we decided to watch a DVD I hadn't seen in a long long time - Le Grand Bleu. A beautiful story of love and the sea, and choices to be made between the two. It's a Luc Besson film and it stars Rosanna Arquette, Jean Reno and Jean-Marc Barr.

Johana Baker, an insurance claims investigator, falls in love at first sight with Jacques Mayol, a free diver who lives on a different planet - he is more comfortable with dolphins than with people. Jacques Mayol and Enzo Molinari compete for the free-diving world title, and the action takes us around the blue Mediterranean sea. Will love conquer the sea? Well, you'll have to find out for yourself. And apparently, different versions have different endings, so make sure to get the long version, the director's cut.

It's a slow movie, which is probably why it didn't do well in the US, but I found it completely absorbing. Rosanna Arquette (of Desperately Seeking Susan fame) is very good - funny, fragile, determined, lost.

If you've never heard of this movie, get the DVD. You won't regret it.

PS - it's a French movie, but it's all in English, so don't tell me you don't watch sub-titled movies.

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