Thursday, March 13, 2014

OSS 117: Rio ne répond plus (2009)

Today's installment of SiscoVanilla at the Movies stays in the world of French secret agent OSS 117. The year is 1967 and this time the case takes him to Rio De Janeiro where he clashes with the Chinese, the Germans, the Nazis and two luchadores while butting heads with the CIA and the Mossad. Cocktails and beautiful women are plentiful while Agent de La Bath (Jean Dujardin) is on the case in OSS 117 Lost in Rio aka OSS 117 Rio ne répond plus (2009).

The first instance of cocktails is during the scene at the hotel pool where Agent de La Bath is impressing all the ladies at the pool with his physique as he climbs up to the high dive platform. As he gets ready to dive into the pool, he gets a bout of acrophobia (fear of heights) due to a past experience that is highlighted in flashback. He disappoints the ladies by not diving into the pool. The scene at the bar where the ladies look away in disappointment, there is a Drinks menu on the board.


Here is a list of the drinks:

  • Bloody Mary
  • Gin (Something or other. I couldn't read the second word)
  • Cuba Libre
  • Caipirinha
  • Hi Fi
  • Kir Royale
  • Alexander
  • Whiskey Sour
  • Dry Martini
  • Daiquiri
  • Negroni
I will focus on the one cocktail I hadn't heard of before in my next post which is The Hi Fi Cocktail. For now I want to go into something that I find funny about the next scene. 

The camera pans across a table that has a pack of cigarettes, a lighter and five empty cocktail glasses. 


I know these two movies by director Michel Hazanavicius are an homage to the 1960's era spy movies especially the Sean Connery James Bond movies. But I can't help wonder if this scene is out and out poking fun at the impression that spies can just drink countless cocktails and still function flawlessly. Let's fast forward to a recent James Bond Movie: Quantum of Solace (2008)

Bond (Daniel Craig) is on a plane flying from Talamone, Italy to La Paz, Bolivia with Rene Mathis (Giancarlo Giannini). Mathis seems to awaken from sleep, notices that Bond is not asleep and finds Bond at the bar. When Mathis asks Bond what's he been drinking, Bond has the bartender describe the cocktail which is Ian Fleming's recipe for the Vesper cocktail: 3 measures Gordon's Gin, 1 measure Vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet, shake until ice cold and garnish with a long, thin lemon peel. As per the bartender, Bond has had six of them and is awake, brooding and as intense as ever. 


Let's go back to Agent OSS 117 who is at poolside in Rio de Janeiro. As seen above, OSS 117 has polished off five cocktails. So what's he doing? He's doing what most of us would probably be doing...


Sleeping. LOL. I'm not sure if that was done fully tongue-in-cheek by the director but I have to tell you, if I had five cocktails I'd probably resemble OSS 117 more than 007. 

A day or so later Agent OSS 117 makes contact with the Mossad agents in Rio who want to work together with him to find their common enemy: Von Zimmel. After some solo reconnaissance, Mossad Agent Dolorès Koulechov (Louise Monot) find OSS 117 in of all places: 


In a bar...conversing with two beautiful ladies. Surprised? Now why would you be. 


She asks him if he's had any progress on the case and of course he hasn't...at least not consciously. Koulechov states that Von Zimmel has made contact with the CIA and the CIA agent in charge in Rio is Bill Trumendous (Ken Samuels) who happens to be friends with de La Bath and has recently given him his business card. Off to CIA headquarters to see Trumendous. 

At CIA Headquarters Trumendous asks one of his secretaries to bring them "3 Groovy Coconuts" while being just as misogynistic and demeaning as Agent OSS 117 can be. 


This cocktail intrigues me since nothing comes up for it on the internet. I am going to assume that this cocktail drunk straight from coconut shells with a pretty umbrella sticking out from it is an alcoholic drink. Especially since you can see the "Mad Men" style bar cart in the background full of bottles of liquor.


I'm going to have to come up with an idea of a cocktail called a Groovy Coconut for when the weather starts to warm. Any ideas? Suggestions?

Well that's all for now in the world of Agent Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, alias OSS 117. My next post will be on the Hi Fi cocktail that I mention above. Come back and check it out.

Until Then Happy Drinking,
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