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Le Paltoquet [DVD] [1987]

Fanny Ardant , Jeanne Moreau , Michel Deville    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Fanny Ardant, Jeanne Moreau, Daniel Auteuil, Richard Bohringer, Michel Piccoli
  • Directors: Michel Deville
  • Format: PAL
  • 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: Cest La Vie
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Feb 2006
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000621OUW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,487 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Highly stylised, existentialist comedy thriller directed by Michel Deville. Jeanne Moreau and Michel Piccoli play the proprietors of a deserted café-bar to which the same four card players return night after night: a doctor (Richard Bohringer), a tradesman (Phillippe Léotard), a journalist (Daniel Auteuil) and a professor (Claude Piéplu). Fanny Ardant plays Lotte, a beautiful young woman in white who hangs seductively around the bar while the others play. When a police commissioner begins investigating a murder case, the four card players all become suspects - but nothing is quite as it seems.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Biographies, Filmographies, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: With ingenious camera work, witty dialogue, and a setting that almost never wanders from the cavernous interior of a mod cafe-bar, this drama by Michel Deville has a lot of pluses. A woman (Jeanne Moreau) and a man (Michel Piccoli, the "nonentity" of the title) jointly run the vast cafe and every night play host to the same four men as they sit around a card table -- a doctor, a journalist, a merchant, and a professor. A seductive woman (Fanny Ardant) lounges around in a hammock nearby. When the police commissioner starts investigating a murder, the four card players become suspects. Charming bits show an irritable "paltoquet" shoving the opening credits off the screen so the story can get going. He also sits around reading the novel from which the screenplay was adapted and provides music with a portable record player. These inventive touches allow the movie to work on several levels at once. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Ceasar Awards, ...Le Paltoquet

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3.0 out of 5 stars A SURREAL WASTE OF A GREAT CAST 6 Aug 2010
Michele Deville's La Paltoquet from 1987 had everything in place to be a classic... unfortunately it falls way short of the mark. A muddled story and overblown performances from most of the cast spoil this 'murder mystery' (written so poorly that it makes Murder She Wrote look like Agatha Christie) and it's only saved by the gorgeous Fanny Ardant, an interestingly minimalist set that reminded me of Peter Greenaway, and the charismatic Daniel Auteuil who is given little to do but grin innanely. Less said about the rest of the cast the better - the best being Jeanne Moreau who tries desperately to breathe some life into her role. The worst thing about the film is it's attempts at surrealism (not helped by irritating musical interruptions), which completely destroy it's late night atmosphere. Anyone considering buying this disc for anything other than the cover picture of the lovely Miss Ardant in her bra, I wouldn't waste your time. The extras are a pointless reel of trailers that have nothing to do with the film.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Le Paltoquet 4 Feb 2011
My first objective when buying French d.v.d's is to augment my French skills. My other objectives are to taste something of French contemporary life, their history, humour and of course their passions, etc,etc, etc.
This film, for me, was too surreal and the constant flashing when one of the characters spoke was irritating. I found it pretentious, tedious and rather smacked of "the King's clothes". But as a means of improving my French as it is spoken it was very good.
The rating stars I've given are purely for the clearly spoken French!
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