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Daddy Nostalgia [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Dirk Bogarde    DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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  • Actors: Dirk Bogarde
  • Format: Colour, Content/Copy-Protected CD, Dolby, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Koch Lorber Films
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Jun 2005
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0008FPIMC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,955 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Masterpiece 24 Nov 2008
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"Daddy Nostalgia" (or "Daddy Nostalgie", or "These Foolish Things" - it's had various titles in different countries) is one of those rare animals, a perfect film. It's on my list of the Top Twenty films ever made, and certainly a must for anyone who values humane, subtle film-making.
The story is simple: Daddy (Dirk Bogarde, in his final film) is recovering from heart surgery, and his daughter, Caro (Jane Birkin) returns to the family home to help nurse him to recovery. But she also has unfinished business, a need to recover the love which he never gave her as a small girl. The film charts their rediscovery of each other, a rediscovery which is cut short by Daddy's death; he never really stood a chance of getting better.

Set against the idyll background of the Cote d'Azur, director Bertrand Tavernier (who co-wrote the script with his ex-wife) contrasts the sea, sun and pretty little port with the private griefs and regrets of this tight family. Very little happens, and yet everything happens. By the end we know these people so well, we share Caro's grief as she wanders through Paris. The last line of the film: "We must pretend to live until desire returns".

It could so easily have been sentimental, but it's not for a moment. If ever a film deserved the name Bitter-Sweet, this is it. It refuses sentimentality by shrewd cutting when emotion threatens to get out of hand; in this the film is a little like the family itself, keeping itself in check. Its multi-layered delicate script preserves a fine balance between warmth and criticism - the way of coping with catastrophe largely depends on telling lies, especially to Daddy's long-suffering religious and thoroughly bourgeois wife, Miche (Odette Laure).
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5.0 out of 5 stars If Only I Could Give It Ten Stars 20 Sep 2007
By ToughButFair - Published on
The dialogue is exquisite and the always-fascinating Dirk Bogarde and Jane Birkin have a magic dynamic here. It will be very slow for some but if you like leisurely, subtle French filmmaking, this one's absolutely beautiful and worth the tears. Bonus features are truly a bonus: check out the long, chatty interview with Jane and director Colo Tavernier -- very engaging and insightful. Any woman with a complex father/daughter relationship should see both the movie and that interview. The English/French dialogue shifts add some interesting texture to the character relationships as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 13 May 2008
By Robert - Published on
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This grand drama sees Dirk Bogarde in his last performance, yet one of his best. A film of great dignity, it really makes one think about how precious life really is. A must.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A rare gem 10 April 2000
By book lover - Published on
I was browsing the video section and picked up this movie on a lark. It is a beautiful movie about the complex family relationships of a terminally ill father, his daughter and his wife. This thought provoking film is set in the Cote D'Azur. Dirk Bogarde is marvelous as the dying patient who sneaks out with his daughter to have a glass of whiskey for old times sake. This is not one of the depressing emanicated man - on the contrary, his outlook on life is a lesson to us all.
5.0 out of 5 stars Explores conflicting reactions to grief 21 Jun 2014
By John Purssey - Published on
Finally managed to replace my VHS copy.

Believable responses to grief by all members of the family.

This could be used as exemplars of the different Kubler-Ross stages of grief, if you take the stages to be like Shakespeare's "All the World's a stage" rather than the process stage state model.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dirk Bogarde - dearly missed. 21 Dec 2012
By Jason Rue - Published on
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For British film goers it is a sad loss that Dirk Bogarde is not with us any more to push forward the art of screen acting and film making as he did from the 1960's to the 1990's. He would have been 91 in 2012. John Gielgud lived well beyond that age. He was a juvenile lead actor from 1946 to about 1957 and then he met the American director Joseph Losey and light comedy and Romantic sagas took a back seat to serious stories. Sometimes his films shocked audiences of the 1970's . Films such as 'The Damned' and the very 'arty' -'The Night Porter' (both about Nazis of World War II ). But they pushed the drama of filmaking forward into a new era. He was always after quality in a film. Not always getting it (usually due to the Director) Daddy Nostalgia is a simple story of an Englishman spending his final years in France with his French wife and daughter. Though a simple story it is beautifully played, true to life .touching and affecting. Well worth viewing.
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