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Tourist Trap

Tourist Trap

A Feature film by Jean-Paul Salomé

Produced by Les Films Alain Sarde

Release in France : 02/09/1998


    In the middle of a July heat wave, a group of French tourists arrives in Los Angeles to tour “The American West in Cinemascope”, as the agency’s brochure enticingly puts it: a dream holiday in an air-conditioned bus and luxury hotels, taking in Hollywood, Las Vegas, the National Parks, Death Valley and the Grand Canyon. Imagine what happens when the agency goes bankrupt, abandoning the tourists with no one to help them except a young, resourceful but hopelessly inexperienced guide.

    Actors (15)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Les Films Alain Sarde

    Co-productions :

    Little Bear, TF1 Films Production

    French distribution :

    Bac Films Distribution

    Line production :

    Little Bear

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Tamasa Distribution

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    Prime material for a comedy of manners in the spirit of the times. Nearly thirty years ago, the Club Med was the ‘in’ place for vacations and inspired such movies as the ‘Les Bronzés’ series. In these times of recession, a whim of the stock market can turn a happy vacation in cowboy country into a mortifying traipse through hell. Jean-Paul Salomé (here making his second film after ‘Girls With Guns’) mines his material astutely, extracting not only laughter, emotion and anger but also a certain queasiness. ‘Tourist Trap’ is a real success, a film you have to see. The talent of the writing and dialogue is complemented to perfection by a lively cast of well-judged caricatures. The performances of Bernard Le Coq, Judith Henry, Emma de Caunes, Samuel Le Bihan, Claire Nadeau and Bruno Lochet are all collectors’ items and deserve a round of applause for the authenticity, tenderness, ruthlessness or emotion they impart. ‘Tourist Trap’ is a smart, hard-nosed, rib-tickling box of tricks that shuns clichés and slices through human weaknesses like butter. Don’t laugh: everything you will see could have happened to you. (Michel Pascal in “Le Point”, September 4th, 1998)

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    Full credits (15)

    Executive Producer :

    Alain Sarde

    Line Producer :

    Frédéric Bourboulon

    Director of Photography :

    Jean-Claude Larrieu

    Sound Assistant :

    Michel Casang

    Editor :

    Michèle Robert-Lauliac

    Music Composer :

    Alexandre Desplat

    French Distributor :

    Jean Labadie

    Still Photographer :

    Jeanne Louise Bulliard

    Assistant Director :

    Louis Leterrier

    Screenwriters :

    Jean-Paul Salomé, Bruno Dega, Jérôme Tonnerre

    Sound Recordist :

    Laurent Poirier

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Dominique Segall, Astrid Gavard

    Sound editor :

    Sylvianne Bouget

    Costume designers :

    Charlotte David, Susan Bertram

    Sound Mixer :

    Christian Fontaine

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    Feature film

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    Travel, Friendship

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    France (100.0%)

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 41 min

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    Posters (4)


    Festival Selections (2)

    Shanghai - International Film Festival - 1999

    Shanghai - International Film Festival (China, 1999)


    Official Competition

    Acapulco French Film Festival - 1998

    Acapulco French Film Festival (Mexico, 1998)


    French Feature Films