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Bonjour Tristesse [DVD] [2005]

Jean Seberg , David Niven , Otto Preminger    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jean Seberg, David Niven, Deborah Kerr, Mylène Demongeot, Geoffrey Horne
  • Directors: Otto Preminger
  • Writers: Arthur Laurents, Françoise Sagan
  • Producers: Otto Preminger, John Palmer
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Greek, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Aug 2005
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009MZ7WA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,866 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Cool and introspective, Otto Preminger's sleek, stylish Bonjour Tristesse is one of his most understated films. Jean Seberg stars as a spoiled teenager who acts with a high-society sophistication beyond her years, and dapper David Niven is her playboy father, going through young female playmates like socks. Flitting through the French jet set and comparing conquests, they summer on the gorgeous French Riviera, where mature fashion designer Deborah Kerr enters their lives and wins Niven's heart. Seeing an end to her lifestyle, Seberg plots an end to the relationship with equal parts conniving ruthlessness and juvenile prankishness, too self-absorbed to even consider the brutal results of her actions. Told in flashback from a sleek but shadowy black-and-white Paris, the film melts into the vivid Technicolor of memory. Seberg's voiceover narration is arch, but her impish, often petulant performance is perfect, as is Niven's flippant, womanizing bachelor father (Preminger lets their curious, flirtatious intimacy hang like an unanswered question and a nervous subtext). Kerr's middle-aged working woman seems almost puritanical compared to the irrepressible travelers, but under her rules and limits lies an honest concern for a "child" who believes herself an adult. Preminger's camera prowls through the drama just removed enough to be respectful, and intimate enough to get under the characters' skin. Like the best of his dramas, there are no heroes or villains, only complex, flawed, achingly sympathetic characters. --Sean Axmaker

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), French ( Mono ), German ( Mono ), Italian ( Mono ), Spanish ( Mono ), Arabic ( Subtitles ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), German ( Subtitles ), Greek ( Subtitles ), Hindi ( Subtitles ), Hungarian ( Subtitles ), Italian ( Subtitles ), Portuguese ( Subtitles ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), Turkish ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: In the French Riviera, the spoiled and futile seventeen years old girl Cecile (Jean Seberg) is spending the summer vacation with her father, the widow playboy and bon-vivant Raymond (David Niven), and his girlfriend Elsa (Mylène Demongeot). Cecile has a serious Complex of Oedipus with her father, and they have a quite incestuous relationship. The successful designer and former friend of her mother Anne Larson (Deborah Kerr) arrives in their seaside house invited by Raymond to spend a couple of days with them, and the life of Cecile changes when Raymond proposes Anne to marry him. Full of jealousy, Cecile plots with Elsa to separate Anne from Raymond. ...Bonjour Tristesse

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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye good life, Hello sadness 10 Aug 2005
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From the monotone, monochrome opening of "Bonjour Tristesse" we immediately learn that Cecile is a young woman ill at ease in the world. In spite of her wealthy, apparently carefree lifestyle, where the champagne flows freely and the male admirers are equally as rich and effervescent - nothing is able to touch Cecile's heart. She is, as the black and white imagery suggests, locked in a world of sadness, surrounded by her "wall of memories". The film then shifts into technicolour, as Cecile (Jean Seberg)recounts how, only a year earlier, as a
seventeen year old, her life was happy and filled with possibility. We follow the story of how she and her father (a thoroughly rogueish David Niven) have been, in one summer on the South of France, abruptly confronted by the consequences of their casualness towards the feelings of other human beings, and how they have both come to pay the ultimate price for their selfish "live now pay later" mastercard philosophy of the heart.
Stylishly filmed, "Bonjour Tristesse" is a movie which will haunt you. Not merely because of the poignancy of lost innocence which Jean Seberg's performance depicts so well, but because it places its fingers on the wound all of us carry with us - the moment, when we cannot quite say, exactly when childhood slipped away.
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4.0 out of 5 stars BONJOUR...FROM SONY CHOICE 17 July 2014
By A. W. Wilson TOP 500 REVIEWER
I think I must have just been "in the Mood" for this one. I loved it even tho on another day I might not (if that makes any sense at all). I've never seen it and just fancied it on the spur...and Jean Seberg. If you are a fan of hers you will most likely enjoy this as she acts well and spends most of the film in a bathing suit or short shorts. If you are a fan of Francois Sagan...I have no idea what you will think. I suspect justice was not done probably for Censorship reasons. Sadly no character is really likeable and Niven and Kerr don't convince as lovers tho each gives their all (and Niven shows he still has a fine body). A good dramatic plot and beautiful ocations add up to a good old fashioned melo. The DVD from SONY CHOICE, is an excellent Anamorphic 2.40.1 with fair colour and good sound, and there are saubtitles. I can't recomend to everyone, but for Sgan/Seberg/Niven/Kerr/romantic drama fans...Well worth a go. (Oh and don't be fooled by Juliette Greco's billing-She sings the title son, in vision, in one of the several B/W segments).
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4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful piece of 1950s 1 Mar 2014
By Spencer
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Scenery is perfect, Jean Seberg entrancing, David |Niven not quite right. A reasonable adaptation of a mesmerising first novel from Francoise Sagan
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stylized rather than stylish 11 Oct 2006
The use of black and white versus colour to reflect the desert of her present life compared to her previous golden existence is notable, true. The story is simple, almost simplistic, and the film joggles because of the alternately stiff or almost sing-song delivery of lines. It shows more like a stage play than a film. But it's more the era in which the film was made rather than poor acting, I think. It's worthy, but still worth watching: Cecile as the gamine social butterfly is luminous and mesmerizing; Raymond as the feeble, immoral bon vivant, pathetic. The film, for all its faults, is rather better made and has more wistful charm and punch (cf. the final scene) than some of the drivel one pays to see in the cinema these days.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a film thats never shown ??? 28 Dec 2013
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read the amazon film outline ,its just about spot on . For a film that falls some where between 'and god created woman' and 'too catch a thief' with three big hollywood stars and star director its odd , ive never seen it on TV, its not shown. It dose feel a bit like the other two films , but some how not as good , its not funny and there's not much empathy with anyone . It is very well made and i like the B/W too colour flash back idea , the south of France looking vibrant in the sunshine ,its a bit like going on holiday watching it. Over all its just a bit dull , and then there's the car suicide/ accident not too dissimilar too Jean Seberg herself . shame, she was very beautiful and really this is her film. Oh and one more thing the Bonjour Tristesse tittle means hello sadness , it makes more sense when you know that .
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5.0 out of 5 stars everything was perfect! 20 July 2014
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Quick delivery, everything was perfect!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Still a classic
Whilst seeming rather dated by today's mores, Seberg's performance is charming and quite rightly marks her out as a future star, which unfortunately was never fulfilled in my... Read more
Published 8 months ago by CJD Kindle
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Excellent product. Whole heartedly recommended. The whole buying and receiving experience was faultless and flawless. No problems at all. Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2011 by Dr. Aslan Mordecai
5.0 out of 5 stars Bonjour Tristesse (DVD)
I thought I had already reviewed this item! I was very happy with the service and the the DVD was excellent. Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2011 by E. Lombard
4.0 out of 5 stars Bonjour Tristesse Film of the Book by Francoise Sagan.
A very good story with a great performance from the teenage Jean Seberg who was quite at ease with the very cool and elegant Deborah Kerr, who at that time was a very well... Read more
Published on 3 Nov 2010 by Paul Blue Eyes.
2.0 out of 5 stars "A dress makes no sense unless it inspires men to want to take it off...
The problem with Bonjour Tristesse is that director Otto Preminger and scriptwriter Arthur Laurents fail to establish why the viewer should care about the past and present... Read more
Published on 12 Sep 2010 by Humpty Dumpty
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
Just a quick word as there are no reviews for this film as yet. David Niven makes a superb performance in this film which is undoubtedly one of the funniest films of its kind. Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2009 by the santa cat
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