This event is sold out. A limited number of tickets may become available 20 minutes before the film starts.

The Odyssey (L’Odyssée) directed by Jérôme Salle (France, 2016, 122 min.).

Oceanographer Jacques Cousteau was as insatiably curious as he was prolific. Not only did Cousteau make waves with his pioneering research on underwater breathing devices, marine conservation, and sea life of all kinds, but he captured his adventures in a series of beautifully-produced documentaries—including The Silent World, which claimed the top prize at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival. Through these films, Cousteau sparked the imaginations of thousands of people in France and beyond, turning them on to the thrills of exploring the undersea world.

Jérôme Salle’s biopic takes a clear-eyed look at the famed explorer, admiring his ambition and magnetism while probing the darker side of his obsessive nature. Crystalline underwater cinematography and sun-drenched shots of Cousteau’s boat, the Calypso, set the stage for strong performances by Lambert Wilson (Of Gods and Men), Audrey Tautou (Amélie) and Pierre Niney (Frantz, Yves Saint Laurent). For cinephiles, francophiles, and thalassophiles (sea lovers!), this ocean adventure is not to be missed.

Watch the trailer hereAs this film occurs outside of regular museum hours, please use the Linde Family Wing entrance on Museum Road.


Ticket Information

To order tickets by phone, call 1-800-440-6975; to order in person, visit any MFA ticket desk.

Ticketing Policies

Event Policies

This film occurs after Museum hours. Please use the Linde Family Wing Entrance on Museum Road. Latecomers will not be admitted.

Taste Café will be open for movie concessions until 15 minutes after the film starts.

The parking garage will remain open for 30 minutes after the film ends.