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Ma Vie [DVD]

Jimmy Tavares , Lucas Bonnifait , Olivier Ducastle , Jacques Martineau    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jimmy Tavares, Lucas Bonnifait, Ariane Ascaride, Hélène Surgère
  • Directors: Olivier Ducastle, Jacques Martineau
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 12 April 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000Z0I7U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,949 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

On his sixteenth birthday, Etienne is given a video camera so he can record his figure skating sessions as he prepares for the French Cup. Obsessed with his new toy, he begins recording every detail of his daily life and of those close to him. But does Etienne know what it means when he tells his best friend that this will be "the year of love" - and will he be able to unearth the answer to his question...


"Set to become a classic of gay cinema" --Evening Standard

"A fine reflection of a fragile teenage state of mind" --Sunday Times

"An Uplifting Film" --Attitude

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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, poignant, happy and very believable. 7 Sep 2004
By A Customer
A real gem of a film. Cleverly crafted to give the feel that Etienne has filmed a year of his life with a camcorder, the viewer is immediately brought into his world. This is the year Etienne hopes to win the Gold Medal in the French National fugure-skating competition, and to 'get laid' and he wants to have it all on record. The whole film, from opening to surprisingly abrupt (but fitting) ending is from the camcorder's POV - most often as held by Etienne, who gets into shot when he turns the camera on himself, uses a tripod or hands over to a friend. Take away the credits, ignore the good film and sound quality, and it would be easy to believe you really were watching a home made film. The acting is so natural, especially the embarassment that is shown by some people who are camera shy. My one critisism is not with the film, but the DVD packaging. I did not particularly want a DVD with a cover like this, which is not representative of the film. The US packaging is better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Touching & disturbing 15 Mar 2005
By Stu
Unless a person has been through the isolation of teenage days trying desperately to come to terms with different feelings towards ones own sex, then this DVD will not be upto expectations. It is one of the most unsettling, lonely coming to terms I have seen protrayed. Jimmie is a natural actor. The parts of the film which are in silence need no script. It is a thought reminding film for those who have come through the period of trying to understand why feelings are different to others around you, and yet quite natural. For those who seek a thrill type film, they will be disappointed. Jimmy is well cast and a besides being an artist to watch on ice, also a remembrance of how difficult it is to accept feelings different from others.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing 17 Feb 2010
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It is not often that I am dissapointed with French cinema. In most cases I find their films to be whimsical, exploratory and expertly constructed, with a deeper resonance of emotion and understanding than most Hollywood attempts at the same. 'Ma Vie' however, is nothing like that past experience, and dissapoints horribly.

I am loathed to say 'art for art's sake' but in this case, I must. The Director has tried to make a film which is innocent, gentle and believing purporting to represent the concerns of adolescence. The construct is around a 16 year old boy who receives his own digital camera for his birthday, and proceeds to record every aspect of his life ad nausea. His story follows the most important people in his life as one would expect, namely his mother, his best friend, a teacher and his step-father. At the same time there is an ever present under-current of self-exploration, which is only revealed late in the film. The direction attempts to show this experience and expression as a 16 year old boy with a camera would, and descends into a shaky at times forced artistic expression. Whilst such direction is fanciful and different, it begs the question.

The cast are surprisingly good, and the young Lucas Bonnifait is a strong presence throughout the film. His step-father whilst saying little has an unnatural obsession with his step-son (ironically there is no formal marriage between him and Etienne's mother) . At moments the audience is disturbed at his actions, although to the Director's credit he does not overtly offend. Similarly, his best friend's inane vanity and lust-filled obsession with girls who he clearly does not respect, makes for an excellent moral comparison with Etienne who is ultimately seeking love and not lust.
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