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Le Chignon D'Olga [2003] [DVD]

Hubert Benhamdine , Nathalie Boutefeu , Jérôme Bonnell    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Hubert Benhamdine, Nathalie Boutefeu, Florence Loiret, Serge Riaboukine, Marc Citti
  • Directors: Jérôme Bonnell
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Mar 2004
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001984K8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,179 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Le Chignon d'Olga is the charming first film from writer-director Jerome Bonnell. A tender romantic comedy-drama set in a provincial town, it tells the story of brother and sister Julien and Emma, who are grieving after the recent loss of their mother. As the summer draws to a close, Julien aimlessly wanders the streets until one day he encounters Olga, a beautiful young woman who works in a bookshop. Secretly, without confiding even in his close childhood friend Alice, he tries everything he can to get closer to the object of his affection. Bonnell's remarkably confident debut received widespread critical acclaim and favourable comparisons to the work of Eric Rohmer

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Filmographies, Interactive Menu, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Julien and his sister Emma lost their mother nearly a year ago. They're still living in Beauce with their father, Gilles, in the house where they were born. The emptiness left by death is painful to bear, yet they can't manage to speak openly about it with each other. Summer is ending. The small town, emptied of it inhabitants who've gone on vacation, seems abandoned. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Rotterdam International Film Festival, ...Le Chignon d'Olga ( Olga's Chignon )

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Promising Debut 6 Jun 2004
By wabrit
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Le Chignon D'Olga is a charming film debut from young French director Jerome Bonnell that relates the story of a family struggling to come to terms with the death of the mother. If that makes it sound depressing nothing could be further from the truth; the film has a lightness of touch which, combined with a genuine empathy for its characters, produces very affecting results.
That's not to say the film is without flaws; it seems a little rushed at the conclusion, without any satisfactory resolution to the fates of several of the leading characters. The director has been compared to Eric Rohmer on the strength of this film; that seems a little strained and a somewhat lazy argument based on little more than the facts that both are French and both make films in which characters and conversation predominate at the expensive of explosive CGI effects.
The DVD is of good quality; as usual Artificial Eye (always to be praised for giving people outside London a chance to see such films) provide some valuable extras (in this case an informative interview with the director).
Recommend for all francophile cinephiles and anyone else looking for adult (in the truest and best sense of the word) entertainment.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rohmer without the intelligence 29 April 2007
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There's an inevitability about comparisons with Rohmer; but le Chignon d'Olga is far more inconsequential and a good deal less stylistically innovative than the maestro at his best (e.g. in Un Conte d'Hiver), who, pace a previous reviewer, is much less superficial than he seems. Whilst Rohmer tends to use plot and character ironies to point up inconsistencies between what people say and do, le Chignon d'Olga is comparatively content with the face-value logic with which characters present themselves and explain away their behaviour, and is a good deal less dramatically interesting as a result. The father, in particular, is a ponderous figure without depth, yet takes up a lot of screen time. The sister is a drama waiting to happen, but which never gets the opportunity. We do not really get inside Julien's head, despite his being the central character, mainly because he gives so little away, and Alice is just a horny provincial stereotype. As for the eponymous Olga; Rohmer would never have made the mistake of limiting her role to around thirty seconds. Comparisons with Woody Allen are similarly inappropriate (there isn't that level of wit or psychological analysis in the dialogue). A more apt parallel would be with Bill Forsyth's Gregory's Girl. Bonnell, too, can charm; but he has not yet learnt how to be challenging or incisive. Or particularly funny. Still he is young.
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7 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to basics 16 Oct 2004
This film is similar to Rohmer films but less superficial. The film also has a Woody Allen feel to it. The story is typical of many French films and proves that quality can be produced without a big budget. There is also an abundance of beautiful and talented actresses (common in French films). However, I don't think the mother's death is covered convincingly and there could also have been more scenes with Olga. After all, her name is in the title. But overall, an excellent debut.
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3.0 out of 5 stars very good movie about things being not as they seem 30 Mar 2007
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i watched it 5 times enjoyible
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