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.
Juliette Binoche as Rose
Jean Reno as Félix
Sergi López as Sergio
Scali Delpeyrat as The Doctor
Karine Belly as Air France Attendant
Raoul Billerey as Félix's Father
Nadège Beausson-Diagne as A Roissy Passenger
Alice Taglioni as Ground Hostess
Jérôme Keen as The Concierge
Sébastien Lalanne as The Barman
Michel Lepriol as The Waiter
M'bembo as Post Office Employee (as Mbembo)
Laurence Colussi as Hostess
Lucy Harrison as Hostess
Rebecca Steele as Hostess
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 After the terrorist attacks, permission was withdrawn.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).
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." On Metacritic the film has a score of 53 out of 100, based on 28 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".