This is a silly but entertaining comic adventure from Philippe de Broca about a pair of middle-aged newlyweds--Prof. Antoine Lemercier (Philippe Noiret), an expert in Greek history, and Police Commissioner Lise Tanquerelle (Annie Girardot), a master criminal investigator--who honeymoon
in Greece. Upon their arrival, they meet Charles-Hubert Pochet (Francis Perrin), a young archaeologist who has just unearthed a chunk of statue--the buttocks of Venus Heroclitus (why the film is called JUPITER'S THIGH is anyone's guess). The discovery is of great importance and will bring
Charles-Hubert international renown, but by nightfall it is stolen, thanks to his greedy wife, Agnes (Catherine Alric). Agnes has arranged for the fragment to be sold so she can buy a new car. Unfortunately for all involved, the man who wants the buttocks is a ruthless killer, and before long
Lemercier and Charles-Hubert are murder suspects. Of course, it's left up to Inspector Tanquerelle to prove their innocence. While the film doesn't match de Broca's better efforts--THAT MAN FROM RIO; KING OF HEARTS; or even 1977's DEAR INSPECTOR, which introduced us to Prof. Lemercier and
Inspector Tanquerelle--JUPITER'S THIGH is a pleasant enough way to spend an evening. If the silliness of the proceedings or Noiret's performance don't win you over, maybe the Greek settings and score will. The videocassette is in French and Greek with English subtitles.
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