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Journey to the Pyrenees

<B>Filmmaking freres Jean- Marie and Arnaud Larrieu continue their fascination with the mountains of southwest France in “Journey to the Pyrenees,” a terminally dumb comedy that makes their previous “To Paint or Make Love,” also starring Sabine Azema, seem nuanced by comparison.</B>

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With: Sabine Azema, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Arly Jover, Kyap Gurgon, Christian Ameri, Christophe Paou, Cecile Reigher, Amira Casar, Bernard Blancan.

Filmmaking freres Jean- Marie and Arnaud Larrieu continue their fascination with the mountains of southwest France in “Journey to the Pyrenees,” a terminally dumb comedy that makes their previous “To Paint or Make Love,” also starring Sabine Azema, seem nuanced by comparison.

Though local Cannes auds seemed to find plenty to laff at in the threadbare yarn of two actors vacationing incognito, pic’s offshore holiday looks to be brief. Famous thesps Alexandre Darou (Jean-Pierre Darroussin) and Aurore Lalu (Azema) arrive secretly, as “Mr. and Mrs. Go,” in an isolated

village, so the latter can find a cure, amid the inspiring scenery, for her chronic nymphomania. (Huh?)

They are, of course, instantly recognized by local reporters (including a cameoing Amira Casar) and Aurore starts getting the hots for anything in pants. Worse, she even seduces a rampaging mountain

bear — no, really — and goes AWOL in the peaks as a child of nature.

A third-act gender twist, after she and Alexandre are struck by lighning, has to be seen to be believed.

Direction is leaden and perfs by the two leads somewhere between overcooked and plain and silly.

Tech package is modest.

Journey to the Pyrenees

France

Production: A Diaphana release of a Soudaine Compagnie production, with participation of Canal Plus, TPS Star. (International sales: Celluloid Dreams, Paris.) Produced by Bruno Pesery. Directed, written by Jean-Marie and Arnaud Larrieu.

Crew: Camera (Duboicolor), Guillaume Deffontaines; editor, Annette Dutertre; music, Daven Keller; art director, Laurent Baude; costumes, Laurence Struz, Caroline Tavernier. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (Directors’ Fortnight), May 16, 2008. Original title: Le voyage aux Pyrenees. Running time: 103 MIN.

With: With: Sabine Azema, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Arly Jover, Kyap Gurgon, Christian Ameri, Christophe Paou, Cecile Reigher, Amira Casar, Bernard Blancan.

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