UPDATE: Brice de Nice WON the Oscar for Best Actor! Hard to believe that in just 6 years he went from Brice… to the first Frenchman to win the Oscar… wow.
Oscar nominated for Best Actor for The Artist, Jean Dujardin is being called the French George Clooney… but did you know that he is also the French Keanu Reeves… as in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Point Break? And that the closet where this delicious cinematic skeleton resides in is… no less than Nice?
Yes it’s true, in 2005, suave Oscar-nominated Jean Dujardin played Brice de Nice, a blond surfer-dude living in our fair city… where, actually, there are no waves.
The synopsis from IMDB: Brice, a motherless super rich 30-year-old teenager fancies himself a trendy surfer. Only he never stepped out of Nice where the sea remains desperately calm and flat. Brice awaits a giant wave like the one he knows happened in 1979. In the meantime, what he lacks in technique he compensates in style. Yellow T-shirt, yellow hair, yellow parties, he created his own little world. One morning, his father is sent to jail and “Brice from Nice” is left penniless. He first decides to find out about that thing called “work” at a local restaurant, but then decides robbing a bank is way easier. While escaping after a failed attempt, he meets Marius. His new best buddy has an idea: all it takes is for Brice to win the $100,000 prize at the “world underground surf cup”. It would help if Brice had surfed a big wave at least once in his life…
Check this out… Jean Dujardin in Old Nice and Coco Beach… Ca farte!
For more on the Jean Dujardin phenom (he is not only the French George Clooney and Keanu Reeves, but also the French Brangelina… who knew?), here’s Why the French Adore Jean Dujardin from the Guardian, The New Yorker’s take on Brice, and this great interview clip with Jimmy Fallon from The Late Show, where he makes up for his lack of English by throwing out random impressions.
Buy Brice de Nice with English Subtitles for $20 from Amazon US: Brice de Nice (Region 1 DVD) (Original French Version with English Subtitles)
and from Amazon France (but still with English subtitles) for 5.50€: Brice de Nice – Édition Collector 2 DVD
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