OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies

Released 2006


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OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies is a French parody of the James Bond films. In it, Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath (Jean Dujardin) is a French spy known as OSS 117. The film opens in the middle of the Cold War. OSS 117 is sent into the field when another OSS Agent, Jack Jefferson (Philippe Lefebvre) vanishes in Cairo, along with a Soviet cargo ship. We learn that OSS 117 and Jefferson share a long history together. As OSS 117 begins his investigation, he quickly becomes entangled in relationships with two women. The first, Princess Al Tarouk (Aure Atika) warms to him immediately, while the second, Jefferson's old assistant Larmina El Akmar Betouche (Berenice Bejo) takes awhile before succumbing to his charms. OSS 117 eventually uncovers a complex plot involving the Soviets, the Egyptians, the French, a Belgian spy and even a group of unrepentant Nazis. Shot in the spirit of the Bond films of the 1960s, OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies is equal parts spy glamour and goofy comedy.moreless


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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times

    Light and fun, if also a little slight, OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies is like a pleasant sorbet to wash away the aftertaste of the pre-summer clunkers.

  • 70

    Variety Lisa Nesselson

    A spy spoof that -- rarity of rarities -- represents a remake actually worth making. Current comic fave Jean Dujardin plays title character OSS 117 as a kind of James Bond crossed ...

  • 50

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Not that Cairo, Nest of Spies is meant to be a thriller, but even as a self-consciously anachronistic knockabout farce it rarely rises to the level of wit, either verbal or physical.

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