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Anne & Muriel: Les Deux Anglaises [1971] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Kika Markham, Stacey Tendeter, Sylvia Marriott, Marie Mansart
  • Directors: François Truffaut
  • Writers: François Truffaut, Henri-Pierre Roché, Jean Gruault
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Sept. 2006
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HBJRQU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,556 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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François Truffaut's second adaptation of a Henri-Pierre Roche novel (the other being 'Jules et Jim') is also about a menage-à-trois, although this time set in nineteenth century Wales. Claude (Jean-Pierre Léaud), an aspiring young French writer, spends a holiday on the Welsh coast with an English family and falls in love with the two daughters, Ann (Kika Markham) and Muriel (Stacey Tendeter).

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Anne and Muriel is the story of Claude, an affluent young Frenchman at the turn of the last century and a love triangle that entangles him and a pair of English sisters.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By David Hughes on 21 Oct. 2006
Perhaps the most misunderstood of all his movies. The nerve and verve of Shoot the Pianist or Jules et Jim seem to be gone. Public and critical reaction were negative, making the director reel and retreat. And no wonder, because this can now be seen as one of his most personal as well as daring films. For the sheer intensity of its sadness it should be grouped with The Green Room and in particular Adele H, with which it has much in common, thematically.

While JPL's lead performance, with its use of blankness, its deliberate echoes of Buster Keaton, may not entirely work (the distance he creates from us does support the other actors, and helps to create a number of subliminal, unusual nuances--much like the shyness of Azdnavour in Pianist--but it is also unsettling in ways that may not help--JPL is too young in this old man's movie), and while Kika Markham's performance is wonderfully radiant, subtle and intelligent (as also agreed by critics of the time), in many ways it is Stacy Tendeter's which is awsome--one of the most remarkable performances of all movies, there is very little else like it. It is unnerving, it burns and hurts, it is daring and painful and true. It is the performance of a lifetime.

This is a great movie about love--its joys and its impossibilities. The landscape, the music, the rituals, the choreography of bodies and movements, the lighting--all contribute. There is Rodin, sisters, the Brontes. It is full of parallels, echoes, weird symmetries, losses, moments of strtling recognition. Like something like I Know Where I'm Going, it is more than the sum of its parts. It is deeply affecting. It is, as Pauline Kael said in a mixed contemporary review, 'bewilderingly sad'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 12 May 2014
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For me this is one of Truffaut's best films, one that combines his literary interest with a love triangle like his earlier film also based on a novel by Henri-Pierre Roché, Jules et Jim, but turned on its head so we have two women and one man. It is softer than the earlier film, perhaps, with the women characters, who are sisters, both trying to sacrifice their own feelings for the other, and it doesn't turn out well. The object of their affections is a very winning Jean-Pierre Léaud, here in one of his most amusing roles for Truffaut and possibly the only one that is not part of the Antoine Doinel series, apart from Day For Night. At certain points I find this one very moving, possibly because of the music, but also this sense of sacrifice, which dominates more than in Jules et Jim. The film also has a marvellous sexual openness - and its literary source is made very clear by the use of pages of text juxtaposed with images of the story being told. It is a very beguiling experience which conveys Truffaut's love of both media and both women characters, who are beautifully contrasted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 10 Oct. 2006
The restored version of Anne and Muriel, aka Two English Girls, is something of a misfire but not without compensations. For a director who complained about the overly-literary nature of French cinema, his mise-en-scene is very clumsy here, with excessive use of narration not just to fill in gaps but to tell us the characters thoughts and feelings during scenes where, had he done his job properly, we should know. At times it threatens to become a slideshow accompaniment to a book reading.

The plot ambles along directionlessly as Jean-Pierre Leaud's selfish young Frenchman selfishly destroys two sisters' lives without ever finding happiness himself. It's very much fantasy-fulfilment, with the two embodying Madonna and Whore and at times threatens to turn into a distaff Jules et Jim as everyone is oh so civilized about it all. The casting is also problematic. Kika Markham is fine as the free-spirit of sorts, but Stacey Tendeter is less effective as her 'purer' sister and the casting of the minor British roles is haphazard at best - David Markham is fine as a fortune teller, but the next-door neighbour is not exactly a natural actor and one scene features a London Bobby who looks about as English as Raimu on a particularly jowelly day.

It's one of those films that always seems to be on for another hour no matter how far into it you get, and it doesn't reward the effort with more than minor pleasures. But it is nice to see composer Georges Delerue in a small role as an estate agent and for all its clumsiness and overlength it has its moments and a mildly affecting ending. It's just a shame getting there took so long.
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I enjoyed the film for the reason above, but it fell short of being a perfect film. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys this type
of film. It was a bit slow for my taste, but quite enjoyable for all that.
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