Previously at the ICA - Films

OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies

6 Jan 201212 Jan 2012

★★★★ Total Film
★★★★ The Times
★★★★ Time Out
★★★★ Metro
★★★★ "I laughed like a drain" Telegraph 

A French special agent saunters off to Cairo with orders to "make the Middle East safe" and sets about offending women, Muslims and anyone else who isn't an unreconstructed French 1950s male. Owing more to the Zucker and Marx Brothers than to Austin Powers or even James Bond, this suave French character, actually first created in 1949, takes us through a couple of hours of perfectly judged satire and belly laughs. From the director of The Artist, this surprise hit established Hazanavicius’ international reputation.

Dir Michel Hazanavicius, France 2006, 99 minutes, subtitles, Cert 12A

Cast: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, Aure Atika

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