Gospod Bean na nagradni igri osvoji videokamero ter izlet v južno Francijo. Željan novih dogodivščin in sonca prispe na železniško postajo v Lyonu, kjer pa se njegovo potovanje na francosko riviero silno zaplete. S svojim nerodnim vedenjem povzroči, da ruski režiser Emil zamudi vlak, ki bi ga popeljal na filmski festival v Cannes, zato Beanu ne preostane drugega, kot da na vlaku sam poskrbi za Emilovega sina Stepana. Ne ve, da je Emil medtem poklical policijo in ga obtožil ugrabitve svojega sina.
Mr. Bean enters a church raffle and wins a vacation trip to France as well as a camcorder. After boarding a Eurostar train and arriving in Paris, the French language proves a barrier for Bean, as he struggles to get across the city to catch a train to the south of France from the Gare de Lyon. Taking time to order a meal, he finds the consumption of a seafood platter to be a challenge. Just before catching his train, he asks Emil, a Russian film director on his way to be a judge at the Cannes Film festival to use his camcorder to record his boarding, but accidentally causes Emil being left behind at the station. Bean attempts to cheer up the director's son Stepan as the train continues south but matters are made more hectic by the fact that Emil has reported his son to have been kidnapped and Bean losing his wallet and essential travel documents at a pay phone where he and Stepan attempt to contact Emil. Heading in the direction of Cannes, Bean finds himself in the cast and disrupting the flow of a commercial being shot by the egotistical director Carson Clay. He and Stepan finally hitch a ride with the young and vivacious actress Sabine who is heading to Cannes to attend the premiere of Clay's film, in which she appears. After Bean sneaks into the showing, his camcorder images are destined to enliven the proceedings.