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Buffet Froid [DVD]

Gerard Depardieu , Bernard Blier , Bertrand Blier    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Gerard Depardieu, Bernard Blier, Jean Carmet, Carole Bouquet, Michel Serrault
  • Directors: Bertrand Blier
  • 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 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 9 July 2007
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RWDXFK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,007 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Unemployed loner Alphonse Tram (Gerard Depardieu) becomes prime suspect in a serial killing investigation after his knife is found sticking out of a body on the Metro. As the net closes around him, and the bodycount escalates, he goes on the run with a couple of unlikely allies: the ageing police inspector who lives upstairs, and a depressive who has murdered his wife. Bertrand Blier directs this labyrinthine contemporary film noir.

Product Description

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Buffet Froid is an absurd black comedy that cunningly reverses the conventions of the crime thriller to comment on the alienating and dehumanizing effects of contemporary urban life. It starts with Alphonse Tram (Gérard Depardieu) discovering that his casual subway acquaintance (Michel Serrault) is lying down with Alphonse's penknife sticking out of his belly. When he tries to report the crime to his neighbor, a police inspector (Bernard Blier), the latter refuses to listen, saying that he is not at work now. Later, Alphonse's wife is killed, and her hapless murderer (Jean Carmet) almost immediately confesses to Alphonse, but neither the husband nor the police inspector seem to be shocked. The three embark on a series of adventures and bizarre encounters in modern Paris. ...Buffet Froid ( Cold Cuts )

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic blier 8 Aug 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
From the stark first scene in the subway at la defense to the equally cold winter countryside of france, blier shows us a less than saccharine version of his native country. The central character is the only warm person and though flawed, remains a pawn in the calculating game played by the lustrous carole bouquet, fresh from bunuel's "that obscure object of desire".
Quirky blier humour abounds, more of which can be sampled in "tenue de soiree", and depardieu tries to negotiate the kafka-esque plot with his trademark passionate performance.
The film sets the scene for the next decade of french arthouse cinema with a departure from narrative and structure in which blier eventually excelled.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Playful, hyper-black comedy of ideas 10 Oct 2012
By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:VHS Tape
Reviled by many critics, loved by a solid minority, I ended up in
between, but leaning more towards the positive.

This is odd absurdist fun. But the key word is fun. It doesn't
feel "good for you", or like a stern lecture on the moral emptiness of
modern life. Blier is too goofy for that. So, yes, he comments on how
violence has taken over our urban world, how isolated we all are, etc.
But he makes you laugh in the process, with sometimes almost 'Three
Stooges' like levels of silliness. 'Little Murders' comes to mind, but
I enjoyed this more.

Yes, it gets repetitive at moments, but the acting (Gerard Depardieu,
Bernard Blier, Jean Carmet) is very good, the look (which echoes - I
think intentionally - the cold, sharp modern world of 'Clockwork
Orange') is terrific, and for every scene that doesn't work, there are
a couple that do. Is this great, important film-making? Probably not.
But I'd sure as hell rather watch this sort of playful, hyper black
comedy of ideas than most of what comes out of Hollywood these days.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Playful, hyper-black comedy of ideas 10 Oct 2012
By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:VHS Tape
Reviled by many critics, loved by a solid minority, I ended up in
between, but leaning more towards the positive.

This is odd absurdist fun. But the key word is fun. It doesn't
feel "good for you", or like a stern lecture on the moral emptiness of
modern life. Blier is too goofy for that. So, yes, he comments on how
violence has taken over our urban world, how isolated we all are, etc.
But he makes you laugh in the process, with sometimes almost 'Three
Stooges' like levels of silliness. 'Little Murders' comes to mind, but
I enjoyed this more.

Yes, it gets repetitive at moments, but the acting (Gerard Depardieu,
Bernard Blier, Jean Carmet) is very good, the look (which echoes - I
think intentionally - the cold, sharp modern world of 'Clockwork
Orange') is terrific, and for every scene that doesn't work, there are
a couple that do. Is this great, important film-making? Probably not.
But I'd sure as hell rather watch this sort of playful, hyper black
comedy of ideas than most of what comes out of Hollywood these days,
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