The Odyssey (film)

The Odyssey (French title: L'odyssée) is a 2016 French-Belgian biographical adventure film directed by Jérôme Salle and written by Salle and Laurent Turner, based on the non-fiction book Capitaine de La Calypso by Albert Falco and Yves Paccalet. The film stars Lambert Wilson, Pierre Niney, and Audrey Tautou.[3][4][5][6]

The Odyssey
Film poster
Directed byJérôme Salle
Produced byMarc Missonnier
Olivier Delbosc
Nathalie Gastaldo
Philippe Godeau
Eric Vidart Loeb
Written byJérôme Salle
Laurent Turner
Based onCapitaine de La Calypso
by Albert Falco and Jean-Michel Cousteau
StarringLambert Wilson
Pierre Niney
Audrey Tautou
Music byAlexandre Desplat
CinematographyMatias Boucard
Edited byStan Collet
Distributed byWild Bunch
Release date
  • 23 August 2016 (2016-08-23) (Angoulême)
  • 12 October 2016 (2016-10-12) (France)
Running time
122 minutes
Budget$21 million[1]
Box office$9.4 million[2]


The film follows Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the great French ocean-going adventurer, biologist, and filmmaker.



Principal photography on the film began on 7 September 2015 in Croatia,[8] where filming took place on islands Hvar, Vis, and Biševo.[9][7] Shooting was also done in South Africa, Antarctic, and The Bahamas, and it ended on 8 January 2016.[8][10]


In France, the film was released on 12 October 2016 by Wild Bunch.[8]


Award / Film Festival Category Recipients and nominees Result
César Awards Best Sound Marc Engels, Fred Demolder, Sylvain Réty and Jean-Paul Hurier Won
Globes de Cristal Awards Best Actor Lambert Wilson Nominated
Best Actress Audrey Tautou Nominated


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  6. Clarke, Cath (18 August 2017). "The Odyssey review – Jacques Cousteau biopic looks good underwater but doesn't go deep". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  7. "Biopic about legendary Jacques Cousteau, The Odyssey, filming in Croatia / News / Filming in Croatia". 14 September 2015. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  8. Lemercier, Fabien (17 December 2015). "Cineuropa - the best of european cinema". Retrieved 10 January 2016.
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  10. "On the Set for 1/8/16: Robert Pattinson Starts on the Feature, 'Good Time' While Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard Wrap 'Assassin's Creed'". SSN Insider. 8 January 2016. Archived from the original on 9 January 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
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