The Odyssey


Summer, 1946. Blues skies, blue seas. Jacques Cousteau leads his son Philippe into the warm waters of the Mediterranean.


Using a custom-made aqualung, for the first time in his life the boy breathes underwater and discovers the silent world his father was the first to explore – a magnificent, mythical realm thronging with multi-coloured life.


Ten years later, when Philippe is reunited with Jacques aboard the Calypso, he finds his father greatly altered. An international celebrity thanks to cinema and television, Jacques bestrides the world, leaping between non-stop flights, meetings, conferences and interviews. His projects grow ever more megalomaniac: he dreams of grafting gills to humansŠ of creating underwater cities.


Racing forward relentlessly, Jacques is risking everything: his family first, but also the submarine world he discovered 20 years previously, which pollution and progress have already begun to lay waste.


Jacques cannot see it yet. Philippe will understand before him. Despite their mutual love and admiration, violent conflict between these two passionate men, from two different generations, is inevitable.


But on their greatest adventure together aboard the Calypso, in Antarctica, that still virgin continent at the worldąs end, they will find each other, before tragedy strikes.


  • Director

    Jérôme Salle

  • Main actors

    Lambert Wilson, Pierre Niney and Audrey Tautou

  • Release date

    October 12th 2016

  • Production

    Pan-Européenne, Curiosa Films, Moana Films, Wild bunch, TF1 Films Production, Casa Production, Versus Production, Voo-Betv

  • French Distributor

    Wild Bunch Distribution