Jet Lag (film)

Jet Lag

French film poster
Directed by Danièle Thompson
Produced by Alain Sarde
Written by Danièle Thompson
Christophe Thompson
Starring Juliette Binoche
Jean Reno
Sergi López
Music by Éric Serra
Cinematography Patrick Blossier
Edited by Sylvie Landra
Distributed by StudioCanal
Release dates
  • 7 September 2002 (2002-09-07) (Toronto)
  • 30 October 2002 (2002-10-30) (France)
Running time
91 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget €12.9 million
Box office $8 million[1]

Jet Lag (French: Décalage Horaire) is a 2002 film starring Juliette Binoche and Jean Reno. It is the second film directed by Danièle Thompson, after the 1999 release Season's Beatings.


At Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, a French beautician (Juliette Binoche) on her way to a new job in Mexico accidentally meets a French chef (Jean Reno) who has been delayed on his way to Germany from his residence in the United States. Labor strikes, bad weather, and pure luck cause the two of them to share a room overnight at the airport Hilton hotel. Their initial mutual indifference and downright hostility evolves into romance and a re-examination of their lives.



Danièle Thompson originally wrote the script for Miramax Films in the early 1990s with Isabelle Adjani attached to star in an English-language version.

Thompson obtained permission to film at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris prior to September 11, 2001. After the terrorist attacks, permission was withdrawn. Thompson then obtained permission to use Lourdes Airport, but was not convinced that viewers would believe it was Charles de Gaulle. Eventually she managed to gain 10 shooting days access to Paris. The rest was filmed on sets and in Libby Airport.

Décalage Horaire is the second collaboration of mother and son writing team Danièle Thompson & Christophe Thompson after the 1999 film La Bûche.

Décalage Horaire is one of the rare comedies in Juliette Binoche's career, after Les Nanas' (1985, Annick Lanoë) A Couch in New York (1995, Chantal Akerman) and Chocolat (2000, Lasse Hallstrom).

Critical response

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 56%, based on 66 reviews, with an average rating of 5.8/10. The site's critical consensus reads, " A light and fluffy romantic comedy for fans of Juliette Binoche and Jean Reno."[2] On Metacritic the film has a score of 53 out of 100, based on 28 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[3]


Award / Film Festival Category Recipients and nominees Result
César Awards Best Actress Juliette Binoche Nominated


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