The Volcano Film Review

Film Review by Rebecca Clist
The Volcano

The Premise
From the team behind French film favourite The Intouchables comes this French box office hit. The Volcano sees divorced couple Alain and Valerie, whose mutual hatred knows no bounds, travelling on the same flight to their grown-up daughter's wedding on an idyllic island in Greece. The trouble is, the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland has just erupted, grounding all flights. Alain and Valerie must make it to their daughter's wedding, so they team up - or try their best to! - and hit the road together for an epic journey from Paris to Greece by car, truck, boat, police car, light plane and foot.

The Review
Thank you for the European road trip but not the company… this long divorced couple unwittingly book the same flight to Greece for their daughter’s wedding. Once discovered, the fight begins. Due to a Volcano eruption, the unwanted pair are somewhat forced to travel together. Distaste for each other presented through regnant vengeful antics is the buoyant focus of the film which briskly moves through 90 minutes of spiteful theatrical stints.

Though Alain seems to have more compassion and Valerie more than her fair share of malice, their characters seem to stay at that point. While they endure their nonsense; we travel though Europe, beautifully filmed and combining quirky cultures from football teams to folk festivals. Our characters roll through this road trip with their absurd behaviour which was spasmodically comical and at times unbelievable.

This couple is as frustrating and catastrophic as a Frank Spencer and Mr Bean mash up, with a hint of Mr & Mrs Smith. There were a couple of laugh out loud moments and some slight giggles.

The Verdict
A definite French flavour, charm and with a slick feel to the film making. Nonsensical fun that will appeal to the lovers of French film.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 26th June 2014
Rating: M - Contains violence, sexual references & offensive language
Duration: 92 minutes 
Genre:  Comedy
Starring: Valérie Bonneton, Dany Boon, Denis Ménochet
Director: Alexandre Coffre (Borderline)

The Extras
Originally called Eyjafjallajökull


The scenes shot on an airport supposed Slovenia , are actually made ​​in the Antwerp airport in Belgium . It distinguishes including road signs in Dutch (signs "brandweer" logo and the airline VLM).

The 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull were volcanic events at Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland which, although relatively small for volcanic eruptions, caused enormous disruption to air travel across western and northern Europe over an initial period of six days in April 2010. Additional localised disruption continued into May 2010. The eruption was declared officially over in October 2010, when snow on the glacier did not melt. From 14–20 April, ash covered large areas of northern Europe when the volcano erupted. About 20 countries closed their airspace to commercial jet traffic and it affected about 10 million travellers.