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.