The Big Blue

The Big Blue

The Big Blue

Two men answer the call of the ocean through the daring act of free diving in this French fantasy-adventure from Luc Besson (The Fifth Element), starring Jean-Marc Barr (Dancer in the Dark) and Jean Reno (Léon: The Professional). More

Jacques (Barr) and Enzo (Reno) are a pair of friends who have been close since childhood, and who share a passion for the dangerous sport of free diving. Professional diver Jacques opted to follow in the footsteps of his father, who died at sea when Jacques was a boy; to the bewilderment of scientists, Jacques harbors a remarkable ability to adjust his heart rate and breathing pattern in the water, so that his vital signs more closely resemble that of dolphins than men. As Enzo persuades a reluctant Jacques to compete against him in a free diving contest -- determining who can dive deeper and longer without scuba gear -- Jacques meets Johana, a beautiful insurance investigator from America, and he finds that he must choose between his love for her and his love of the sea.

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1988Rating: PG-13168 minsFrance, Italy, USAGaumont
AdventureDramaRomance

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

The subtext is easy to follow; it's the screenplay that's impossible.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Besson's deep-diving melodrama stresses its own depth-emotional, artistic, oceanic-while ping-ponging between its two lead frenemies.

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Time Out

Time Out

The first time you see someone plunging into alien blackness is exciting, but the novelty soon wears off.

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