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Gerry [DVD] [2003]

Casey Affleck , Matt Damon , Gus Van Sant    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Casey Affleck, Matt Damon
  • Directors: Gus Van Sant
  • Writers: Casey Affleck, Matt Damon, Gus Van Sant
  • Producers: Dany Wolf, Jay Hernandez
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Mar 2004
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001EYTMA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,556 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In Gerry, two young men (Matt Damon and Casey Affleck) wander beautiful, barren, and surreal landscapes, gradually growing more and more lost. This film from Gus Van Sant (director of Drugstore Cowboy and Good Will Hunting) has no story, hardly any dialogue, and even less in the way of "action" or "events". Yet the movie is by turns maddening and hypnotic; although few people will agree on which are the maddening scenes and which are the hypnotic ones, you will certainly leave Gerry with one or more stunning images in your head. In fact, it's probably more pleasurable to remember than it is to sit through. Committed performances, flashes of dark humour, and a smattering of visual effects give the movie some shape, but the more you just surrender to the emptiness of the landscape, the more rewarding Gerry will be. --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

Gus Van Sant's experimental film was entirely improvised by its two stars. A pair of best friends, (Casey Affleck and Matt Damon), both called Gerry, set out on a desert hike through Death Valley. But what begins as a simple daytime adventure turns into an intense life-and-death journey when, believing themselves to be close to their destination, they decide to get out of their car and continue on foot. The pair quickly lose sight of their car and, in their search for it, find themselves going further and further into the desert - without food or water.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 28 Mar 2006
By aonghas
Format:DVD
I didn't know anything about this film, until I put it on the rental list at random.

The opening scene has (the only) two guys driving on a desert highway, in which the camera faithfully follows the car, speeding up to it, slowing down, watching the landscape go by, with some outstanding minimalist music by Arvo Part in the background, and this lasts for about 5-7 minutes. Suffice it to say that if you don't like this scene, don't bother watching it.

I did carry on watching, and am so happy I did. Watching these guys situation go from mildly diverting, to "Okay, what now?", and then to hopeless despair, the film totally hypnotises you. The parts of the film that most people thought were tedious, were some of the most compelling to watch. The scene where they're walking at a snail's pace, with the sun slowly rising, and the brilliant, haunting piano music behind it, was so eerie, so beautiful, I actually shivered. (Some will no doubt be in conversation with the Sandman by now. Their loss.)

After watching this film, I was totally drained, and I will not forget it for a long time.
Note: If you enjoyed Gus van Sant's 'Elephant', you will probably like this too. Hope this helps.xx
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give this film as much time as it gives you 4 Jun 2004
By S. Dale
Format:DVD
A remarkable film, not least for the fact it marks a radical change in direction for Gus Van Sant - better known for "Good Will Hunting" and "Drugstore Cowboy". "Gerry" bears the unmistakeable influence of hungarian director Bela Tarr (who is thanked in the credits) with the incredibly long shots attempting to transcend, among other things, the conventions of montage editing. This long established film language has become so familiar to audiences, any departure from them seems to cause anxiety and annoyance. At first, the rhythm and pace of the film is self-defeating in that it draws attention to itself, but if you watch the film on its own terms (something that probably should be applied to all films) and relax into its flow, it begins revealing itself and you can get past its antisocial exterior to what really matters. After all, the style in which a film is made can only ever be a means to an end and not an end in itself. More attention might be paid to why both men are named Gerry, why they are walking in the desert together, why they barely interact, why they get so un-necessarily lost, why they travel through a geographically impossible series of landscapes etc. This film gives you the time to think about these things and never tells you what to think, it only ever suggests or asks - something very refreshing and rare especially in American cinema. This film, combined with Van Sant's subsequent palm d'or winning "Elephant", heralds an important episode in modern independent cinema.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Taking minimalism to extremes 14 Nov 2005
Format:DVD
If anyone has ever wondered what it would be like if someone filmed Book 1 of Samuel Beckett's trilogy Molloy then look no further because perhaps it would end up looking something like Gerry. To say this film is minimal is an understatement. Frequent long takes, minimal dialogue, in fact Van Sant has done in cinematic terms what Beckett did in literature; reduce the form to its bare bones until it reaches nothingness. Gerry achieves this, the long shots reduce the characters to walking matchsticks, barely discernable against a panorama of the Nevada desert. While Beckett is the literary influence, the cinematic influence is Bela Tarr who made the classic film Werckmeister Harmonies. Van Sant pays homage by replicating a long tracking shot where both Gerrys are walking side by side in silence. However it just isn't enough to be in awe of such a great film, and where Gerry falls down is its lack of content. An excercise in minimalism becomes quite frankly a crashing bore and the film becomes a cliche of the "Man being overwhelmed and defeated by nature if he is not in control of his environnement" variety. However to his credit, Van Sant is at least trying something different, and I would rather watch this than most of the films which come out of America but I can't help feeling that he was being avant garde for the sake of it. There was a better film in here, and that better film is Werckmeister Harmonies which succeeds in combining minimalism with a compelling storyline and whose achievement is far more satisfying than the self indulgence which is on offer here. Still, worthwhile watching once but for a better "desert" film Nicholas Roeg's Walkabout is the one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Captivating 31 July 2013
By Lorna
Format:DVD
Gerry is a film about two guys who go for a hike in the desert without any food or water & inevitably get lost. For 99.9% of the time, the only people onscreen are the two Gerrys. There's little or no dialogue but this works. Instead, it focuses on the scenery, which is utterly breathtaking & the sounds around. One scene where the boys are walking & all you can hear is their breathing & the crunch of the ground under their feet completely captivated me. Yes, sometimes the scenes are a bit drawn out but as the film went on I found myself watching these with bated breath to see what would happen. In a way, it's a bit like tense thriller as you know it's building up to something but you don't know when or how.
The only reason for four not five stars was the ending, which I felt let the film down a bit. Give it a chance. I was tempted to fast forward a few times but I stuck with it & I came away completely mesmerised with it. I only wish I'd had the chance to see it on the big screen.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Remembered for very different reasons...
You might forget its title (I did) but you'll remember this movie once you've seen it. Either because it was the most tedious, non-sensical piece of muddled boredom OR because it... Read more
Published on 24 Mar 2012 by Tim Kidner
1.0 out of 5 stars With this thought provoking movie
Van Sant questions the sanity of a viewing public who will pay for and sit through a film about nothing. Gerry will have you trying to find a comfortable postion. Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2011 by Gurphy
1.0 out of 5 stars A desert of meaning
"Gerry" is a deeply symbolic movie filled with meaning, depth, richness and a compelling directorial vision. Rarely does such a movie grace our eyes. Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2011 by E. A Solinas
1.0 out of 5 stars The single worst film I have ever seen
I can't find words derisive enough to describe this film. I'm baffled. It was terrible, that's the long and the short of it. Read more
Published on 16 Feb 2011 by Bergin
5.0 out of 5 stars my fav movie!
i love this movie. i think this is one of the best manifestation of video art.
this is not a movie in a classical sense, but it reminds me of still life photography. Read more
Published on 5 Feb 2011 by Agatha
2.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely boring
I think my title in this review speaks for itself. This has got to be one of the most boring movies I have ever seen. Read more
Published on 1 Oct 2010 by hhadam
1.0 out of 5 stars Lifeless
Don't be fooled by Gus Van Sant, he merely produced it and didn't direct it, and I can only summise that he owed the guy a massive favour. Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2010 by Arthur Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your average film!
'Gerry' is unlike anything I've ever seen before. I admit that I haven't seen a huge amount of art-house or experimental films and as such I was somewhat taken aback by this movie. Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2010 by El Maxo
2.0 out of 5 stars Gerry gets lost
'Gerry' was filmed around the same time of 'Elephant' and though there are many similarities the outcome is very different: 'Elephant' is an important film, 'Gerry' is not. Read more
Published on 1 Feb 2009 by Cake
5.0 out of 5 stars A Philisophical Trip.
An amazing movie, beautifully filmed and directed. The perfect material to be fully analysed in philosophy classrooms... Two friends take a trip to the desert. Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2005 by Celso
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