French actor Jean Reno has carved a particular niche in cinema by portraying men who prefer to define themselves through action rather than words, and more recently has taken Hollywood by storm, starring in critically-acclaimed blockbusters. Every Sunday night this November, World Movies showcases Jean Reno’s finest international films.
Sunday 1 November 7.30pm
The Big Blue (USA, 1988)
The highest-grossing French film of the 1980s, Luc Besson’s cult hit follows Jacques and Enzo – a pair of friends who have been close since childhood, and who share a passion for the dangerous sport of free diving.
Sunday 8 November 7.30pm
Jet Lag (France, 2002)
This wonderfully wry romantic comedy stars Juliette Binoche and Jean Reno. Sparks fly when a ditzy beautician and a burnt-out chef find themselves stranded at a Paris airport.
Sunday 15 November 7.30pm
My Summer In Provence (France, 2014)
Léa, Adrien, and their brother Théo, who was born deaf, set out on vacation in Provence. They are staying with their grandfather, Paul, who lives in an olive grove up in the hills. Due to a family dispute, Paul has never met his grandchildren. This isn’t exactly a dream vacation; particularly since their father announced that he was moving out the day before the siblings were due to depart. In less than 24 hours, a clash of generations has occurred between the teenagers and the old man, whom they consider psychotic. They are wrong. Because Paul’s turbulent past comes to the fore and the Seventies descends on the Alpilles. During this tempestuous summer, both generations will be transformed by one another.
Sunday 22 November 7.30pm
The Chef (France, 2012)
Jacky thinks his problems have been solved when he scores a unpaid cooking job at a luxury restaurant. But the head chef is facing a crisis of his own, when the new owner tries to replace him. Stars Jean Reno.
Sunday 29 November 7.30pm
Leon: The Professional (France, 1994)
Leon is a deadly killer who reluctantly takes care of 12-year-old Mathilde (Natalie Portman), a neighbour whose parents are killed. They go on the run, but Mathilde wants revenge, and Leon can teach her how to get it.