(out of 5)
Original title: L’Homme De Rio
Jean-Paul Belmondo is wonderful as a happy-go-lucky soldier who arrives at his girlfriend’s house during a 7-day leave and just manages to witness her being kidnapped. He follows her abductors to Brazil and rescues her, but before going back home they need to solve the mystery of stolen artifacts that were the reason she was taken in the first place. Lots of twists and turns in the delightful, Oscar-nominated screenplay, plus an adorable performance by Françoise Dorléac (the elder sister of Catherine Deneuve) as the kidnap victim who can’t follow the mystery through without occasionally stopping to dance with the locals or enjoy the beautiful scenery. The pace never stops for a minute, its zaniness only adds to the pleasure.
Directed by Philippe De Broca
Cinematography by Edmond Sechan
Music by Georges Delerue
Production Design by Mauro Monteiro
Film Editing by Francoise Javet