From the creators of The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius directs the 2006 film, OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies. Hazanavicius first collaboration with Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo in the satire-comedy film.
The film is set in the mid-50s, Hubert de la Bath aka OSS 117 (Dujardin) receives the news of the death of his best friend a fellow spy. Now, his new mission is to continue his friend’s investigation in Egypt. Bath comes to Egypt with his very French idealism and westernized ideas, while he tries to live in Egyptian society. There he meets Larmina (Bejo), whom will help him to complete his friend’s mission; however, Bath is handsome, strong, but not smart. In fact, he’s a good agent out of pure luck. If you have ever watched the animated series, Inspector Gadget then, this reference is good enough to understand Bath’s intelligence.
OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies is stupendous and a laugh out loud film. It is hard to not to notice the mockery of Sean Connery’s era as James Bond is the core of this film. Dujardin is a French gem of comedy and really this actor has the look of old Hollywood, but living in the 21st century.
My final grade is 9.5/10
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