Fort Boyard

Movie Liberté-Oléron Bruno Podalydès (2001)
Narrating the adventures of a family man who wants to set sail, the film Liberté-Oléron exploits the grandeur and popularity of Fort Boyard. A monument famous thanks to television, here transformed into a movie star by the Podalydès brothers, synonymous with adventure and escape in the eyes of a main character in love with freedom.
Fort Boyard
Fort Boyard by Patrick Despoix. Wikimedia.

“But you know nothing about sailing!”

Albertine Monot (Guilane Londez)

Bruno Podalydès starts the production of Liberté-Oléron on the island of Oléron where his characters usually spend their summer holidays with their families. Exploiting the calm and the landscapes of this little piece of paradise, the filmmaker cannot avoid capturing with his camera the image of Fort Boyard. Facing the Saumonards beach and the Boyardville beach, the monument is already a worldwide celebrity thanks to the show produced and broadcasted by France Télévision.

Fort Boyard is largely visible on screen, often in the background, while the main character of Liberté-Oléron struggles to pursue a childhood dream and tries to buy a sailboat to set sail. When Bruno Podalydès moves further away from the coast, he gets closer to the building once used as a penitentiary and then as a target by German soldiers during the Second World War. Fort Boyard even invites itself in the dialogues at the end of the film. It must be said that this element of the Rochefort Dockyard is inevitable. The film team even comes very close when the protagonists make the crossing to the island of Aix.


At the time of shooting Liberté-Oléron, Bruno and Denis Podalydès had already made three films together: Versailles Rive Gauche, Voilà and Dieu seul me voit.

Fort Boyard dans Liberté-Oléron
Fort Boyard dans Liberté-Oléron. Tous droits réservés : Why Not Productions.

Fort Boyard

World-famous thanks to the television show to which it gave its name, Fort Boyard is one of the flagship monuments of the Charente-Maritime.

The construction of Fort Boyard began in 1804 and ended in 1857. Approved by Napoleon Bonaparte, the project takes place on a sandbank called the longe de Boyard.

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By Gilles Rolland

Monday, January 3, 2022

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