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Alice Et Martin [DVD]


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  • Actors: Juliette Binoche, Alexis Loret, Mathieu Amalric, Carmen Maura, Jean-Pierre Lorit
  • Directors: André Téchiné
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Feb 2009
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KYNCM8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,720 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Martin Sauvagnac (Alexis Loret) did not meet his father, Victor (Pierre Maguelon) and three half-brothers, Francois, Frédéric and Benjamin, until he was ten years old. However, with the encouragement of his mother Lucie (Marthe Villalonga), he moved in with them for ten years. Now Victor is dead, and Martin has turned up at Benjamin's Paris flat, which he shares with a friend, Alice (Juliette Binoche). Alice and Martin soon become a couple, but the latter is haunted by guilt over his father's 'suicide', eventually committing himself to a mental institiution.

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Staring a radiant Juliette Binoche and first-time actor Alexis Loret, Alice et Martin portrays a love affair that blossoms between the two protagonists and the effects on the relationship of a notable age gap and Martin's tortured past. André Téchiné has delivered some of the most delicate character pieces in recent French cinema, most notably the coming-of-age drama Wild Reeds. However, Alice et Martin, authored with help from Olivier Assayas (Irma Vep), never quite comes together as smoothly as his best work; it ricochets from lovely romantic flirtations to tortured psychodrama to family melodrama while Téchiné's oblique, reserved direction observes without penetrating the heart of the drama. Loret's Martin is more enigma than character, but Mathieu Amalric portral of Martin's long lost brother shows the same shaggy, understated charm he displayed in Late August, Early September and Binoche brings a sensitivity and toughness to the emotionally scuffed Alice. Her radiant presence gives the film its moments of emotional frisson a discreet, subtle power. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Nov 2001
Format: DVD
I'm becoming quite a fan of Juliette Binoche, and this is one of my favourite films of her's. After seeing some of her English language films (like Chocolat and The English Patient), I decided to broaden my horizons and delve into french cinema, and I'm discovering some real gems. Although Binoche is also great in Three colours Blue, I think I prefer her performance in this. in which she's just mesmerising. Also good is Mathieu Amalric, who plays Martin's gay half-brother Benjamin. Martin's performance (who is played by Alexis Loret) seems quite flat and detached at first, but once the story unfolds and you discover his secret (after a lengthy flashback), you realise why he comes across as so emotionally removed. The film can be a little intense, but it has a gritty realism about it which I liked. Don't expect much in the way of DVD extra's, just your standard trailer and cast/director filmographies, although picture quality is good in the film itself. There's no english language (i.e. dubbed) audio track, just subtitles, though I imagine most people (myself included) prefer these anyway. Overall, an impressive cast, but for me it's Binoche that really shines in this movie. Definitely worth seeing.
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French screenwriter and director André Téchiné`s thirteenth feature film which he co-wrote with French screenwriter Gilles Taurand and French screenwriter and director Olivier Assayas, premiered at the 43rd Valladolid International Film Festival in 1998. It tells the story about 20-year-old Martin who disappeared without notice after his father passed away. Several weeks later he shows up at his half-brother Benjamin`s apartment in Paris where he meets Benjamin`s partner Alice who is a violinist. Alice invites Martin to stay with them, which he does, and everything works out fine between the three, but when Martin gets a job as a model he falls in love with Alice.

This fast-paced character-driven and dialog-driven psychological drama which was shot in France and Spain and produced by Alain Sarde, is a brilliantly directed romantic thriller by post-New Wave filmmaker André Téchiné with a shifting atmosphere, a parallel narrative that increases the pace and compelling milieu depictions which are emphasized by French cinematographer Caroline Champetier`s notable cinematography. This plot-twisting French-Spanish co-production has a great score by French composer Philippe Sarde which features music from amongst others Jeff Buckley (1966-1997) and commendable acting performances by French actress Juliette Binoche, French actor, screenwriter and director Mathieu Amalric and French actor Alexis Loret. An intriguing mystery and an internal study of character from the late 1990s focusing on themes like coming-of-age, family relations, guilt, love and redemption.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jun 2001
Format: DVD
I enjoyed this film. The scenery is excellent - especially the scenes shot in Spain. Juliette Binoche is fantastic, giving the role of Alice something unique - a resilience but also a sensitive side. The flashback in the middle can be confusing on first viewing but nevertheless the film just about holds together. If you enjoy french cinema, this film is almost definitely for you.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Feb 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Its a beautiful story, which reminds one of The Big Blue, but this film goes deeper into the caracters motives and emotions. Its set in Paris, Morocco, and Spain (I think), and worth buying for the scenery alone if you are a fan of Kieslowski and Binoche (think the colours of Three Colours Blue).
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