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The Volcano (Eyjafjallajökull) - FIlm Review

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Published June 26th 2014
Nothing's lost in translation with this French comedy
© 2014 Pinnacle Films, Inc or its affiliates

The Volcano was first released in France in August 2013 as Eyjafjallajökull (pronounced AY-yah-fyad-layer-kuh-te) which understandably resulted in a change of title for its international release!

With a limited Australian release (from 26 June 2014), The Volcano is rated M, mainly due to its comedic violence and runs for a fast-paced, action-packed 92 minutes in French language with English subtitles.

Set in 2010, the movie's title is derived from Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland's ice cap covered volcano whose eruption and aftermath of ashes and debris caused widespread closures of airports across Europe.

© 2014 Pinnacle Films, Inc or its affiliates

Divorced, disgruntled (but proud) parents Valérie (Valérie Bonneton) and Alain (Dany Boon) find themselves travelling on the same aircraft enroute from France to daughter, Cécile's wedding nuptials on the Greek island of Corfu.

Here's where the fun begins and Alain and Valérie's spiteful sparring blasts off – the grounding of their flight only serves as fuel to the fire.

After organising alternative transport, joining Alain for the transcontinental drive are Uncle Roger and Cecile's two friends who in the early stages are all too keen to share the road trip across Europe to Cecile's wedding in Corfu until the unplanned addition of Valérie proves too much to bear, resulting in their sudden disembarkment en route - leaving Alain and Valerie to their own self-destructive devices.

© 2014 Pinnacle Films, Inc or its affiliates

A stand-out character is Ezechial (Denis Ménochet of Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds fame) - a religious zealot who is more than just a little disturbing with his portable church come motorhome (picture a religious TARDIS on wheels). Nothing short of amazing and mind-boggling, Ezechial's motorhome comes complete with portable confession booth, host (Pringles) and crown of thorns.

The Volcano is rich in visual comedy - nothing is lost in translation to the English subtitles or the French language. The whole audience was rapt and constantly exploding in bursts of laughter - a sure sign of a successful comedy.

Spoiler alert: it would be pure torture to Valerie, Alain and the audience if they were not to make it to their daughter, Cécile's wedding nuptials in Corfu but trust me they put themselves through enough death defying, law breaking stunts not to!
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