oss 117 cairo nest of spies


A movie to understand french satire : OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006) with Jean Dujardin

In 1955, secret agent Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, a.k.a. OSS 117, is ordered to take his place at the head of a poultry firm in Cairo. This is to be his cover while he is busy investigating, foiling Nazi holdouts, quelling a fundamentalist rebellion, and bedding local beauties.

Here it goes : in this movie, Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath (dat name) is cheerfully arrogant, conceited, racist, mysoginistic, chauvinistic, and thoroughly moronic. 

The offense reaches its peak when OSS 117 is awoken by the dawn ezzan (call to prayer) at a nearby mosque. He then gets up and punches the muezzin to silence him. The local congregation mobilizes against him, to which he responds : “Why can’t they just get over it and become a modern country?

This is satire. When you look at Hubert’s racism, you realize the obvious stupidity of it. Look at him being racist. He’s ridiculous. 

Exacerbate the evil to mock it. It’s not that difficult to understand, is it ?