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Noce Blanche [DVD] [1991]

Vanessa Paradis , Bruno Cremer , Jean-Claude Brisseau    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Vanessa Paradis, Bruno Cremer, Ludmila Mikaël, François Négret, Jean Dasté
  • Directors: Jean-Claude Brisseau
  • Writers: Jean-Claude Brisseau
  • Producers: Margaret Ménégoz
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Second Sight Films Ltd.
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Aug 2006
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H7J9EY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,085 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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French drama. A middle-aged schoolteacher begins to tutor one of his students privately, a young girl with a difficult past (Vanessa Paradis). They begin an affair which is destined to wreck the schoolteacher's marriage.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, SYNOPSIS: Temptation comes in many forms. For Francois (Bruno Cremer), a high-school philosophy teacher, it takes the form of Mathilde (Vanessa Paradis), a troubled student with a very bad attitude. Francois sets out to improve her attitude and her grades, and soon the two are bedmates as well as tutor and student. When Francois wants out of the affair, Mathilde will have none of it, and this stubborness nearly ruins both their lives when the affair is discovered. However, whatever else one may say about the relationship, her grades did improve while it was going on. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Ceasar Awards, ...White Wedding ( Noce Blanche )

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, mature and moving. 16 April 2010
By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Noce Blanche is the story of a relationship between a teacher and one of his students. I first watched this about five years ago, and it is still one of my favourite films. I suspect, like most men, I bought this more due to the appeal of seeing a (then 18 years old) Vanessa Paradis flaunting around in her birthday suit than with a view to any greater understanding of foreign cinema. Ahem. Well, I'm pleased to say that the film doesn't disappoint in this respect. The nudity is fairly subtle, though, and of an artistic, realistic, form; if you're expecting a fantasy film you may be a little disappointed. The love scenes, also, are virtually none existent, but don't let this spoil your enjoyment: this is a top quality film and well worth buying.

I was surprised to discover a mature and realistic drama. This is well written, and perfectly captures both the teenage and middle aged vulnerabilities and torments that ravage us all. All that pining: Oh to be mature and sophisticated; oh to be young again. This is excellent; sweet at times, sour at others, never anything less than realistic and unforgiving. The acting is exemplary (Paradis won a César award). The characters are well developed, confidently acted and mature (it has to be said, once again: it seems foreign cinema is the place to rediscover what it is like to be an adult -- watch and compare this to some of the OTT childish dross masquerading as adult drama on TV nowadays). The cinematography and locations are also beautifully filmed, and the story is paced well, drawing you into the plot and leaving you... Well, I won't give the game away but the ending is powerful and sadly believable.

All in all, I can't recommend this enough. This is a film that will both stay with you, and find a place amongst your favourite DVD's. If it opens the door to a more mature and sophisticated taste in entertainment, also, it can't be too bad, can it?
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92 of 105 people found the following review helpful
By Darren Harrison VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Better known these days as the partner of American actor Johnny Depp, the incredibly beautiful French actress/singer/model Vanessa Paradis had a successful career of her own in the late 1980s/early 1990s.

Skyrocketing to fame with her debut album "M&J" in 1987 at the age of 14, I was transfixed by her beauty and smoldering demeanor as she performed her first hit single "Joe Le Taxi" on the (now-defunct) British pop show "The Roxy" (think American Bandstand, but with a 1980s cool). I asked a French pen-pal of mine to collect all articles she could find on Paradis and she obliged and it was from one of these French clippings that I learned .that Paradis had been signed to appear in the movie "Noce Blanche" (a.k.a. White Wedding).

I hoped and hoped that the movie would be released in my native United Kingdom and never saw it advertised or arrive at any of my local theaters. Perhaps I had misunderstood the French clipping, perhaps the movie had not been completed? It was a couple of years later that I learned that not only had Paradis completed the movie, but she had a very lucrative career overseas as an actress. Appearing in such movies as "Une Chance Sur Deaux" (a.k.a. Half a Chance), "Elisa" and "Un amour de sorcière" all the while continuing her music career with the awesome album "Bliss."

In recent years I have managed to track down DVDs of her live concert performance "Au Zenith" as well as DVDs of the excellent thriller "Une Chance Sur Deaux" and enjoyable "Un amour de sorcière." Yet, "Noce Blanche" has so far evaded me. Until now.

Of course the DVD has been available in France for sometime, but only with its original French track, and no subtitles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A PLEASURE TO WATCH (AND NOT A GUILTY ONE) 9 Jan 2011
By BAZ316
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A STUNNING FILM WITH VANESSA PARADIS PLAYING SOMETHING OF A LOLITA TYPE CHARACTER. WITH THE BASIS OF THE STORY BEING THIS MIXED UP GIRL WITH A TROUBLED PAST,FINDING SOME FORM OF COMFORT IN A MARRIED TEACHER WHO AT FIRST DOES HIS BEST NOT TO FALL FOR HER BUT EVENTUALLY GIVES IN,THIS MAY NOT BE ORIGINAL,BUT IT IS SO WELL MADE THAT LACK OF ORIGINALITY DOESN'T REALLY MATTER.
IT IS A BRAVE MOVE TO HAVE SUCH A YOUNG ACTRESS GOING NUDE (EVEN IF BRIEFLY) IN SOME SCENES,BUT YOU CAN SEE WHY IT'S DONE AND IT'S DONE WELL. THE ACTING IS SUPERB,PROVING VANESSA PARADIS DESERVED THE PRAISE HEAPED UPON HER WHEN THIS CAME OUT. IT IS A VERY UNEASY STORY THAT A GROWN MAN WOULD GET SEXUALLY INVOLVED WITH SUCH A YOUNG,VULNERABLE PUPIL,BUT THE WHOLE THING IS SO BRILLIANTLY MADE WITH THE TEACHER CLEARLY FEELING GUILTY AND CONFUSED ABOUT WHAT HE'S DOING AND OF COURSE HIS WIFE IS ALSO VERY MUCH ON HIS MIND. YOU CERTAINLY FEEL FOR VANESSA'S CHARACTER (ALL SHE REALLY CRAVES IS LOVE) BUT YOU JUST KNOW THIS ISN'T GOING TO END WELL. I WON'T SPOIL THE MOVIE FOR YOU BUT IT CERTAINLY PULLS ON THE HEART STRINGS.
WITHOUT WANTING TO GET INTO A VERBAL BATTLE WITH A CERTAIN OTHER REVIEWER I DON'T BELIEVE ANYONE WHO GETS INTO THE PLOT SHOULD FEEL IN ANY WAY DIRTY,IT'S JUST A BRILLIANTLY MADE FILM WITH SOME GOOD POINTS.
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars French Anguish 10 Oct 2007
By Nicholas VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Vanessa Paradis debut acting performance is both exceptionally well performed and also crushingly beautifully played. She is cast as Mathilde Tessier who at first appears to be a lazy student hell bent on skipping class. When her teacher takes her under his wing to try and get to the route of the problem he finds himself drawn in by both her mystique and charisma. The affair begins and Mathilde's desperate situation becomes more and more apparant. When Francois' wife becomes aware of the dalliance she demands that it comes to an end.
Thus begins the prolonged and agonising ending in which Mathilde self destructs and Francois realizes that he will never love like he loved her. Sounds cliched but the presence of Paradis and her truly startling beauty elevates the film above other standard fare and truly haunts the viewer after it's conclusion. Beautiful work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nonce Blanche
An ageing, well meaning philosophy teacher comes to the aid of a troubled female student, only to realise that she is both philosophically extraordinary and also complex. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Arch Stanton
1.0 out of 5 stars Won't deliver!
Wont deliver to my address so option but goodbye! No reason given. Very direct and so am I. C'est tout.
Published 19 months ago by Noel Fitzpatrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
Vanessa Paradis quite rightly won an award for her performance in this, as the troubled Mathilde, who builds an obsession with her grizzled but kindly teacher, played by Bruno... Read more
Published on 4 Mar 2012 by N. A. Parry
3.0 out of 5 stars Scandal Film?
The French film-makers are the past masters in making films on scandalous subjects(at least to the staid British sensitvity). Read more
Published on 23 Mar 2010 by Satish Nimkar
2.0 out of 5 stars Was it worth it?
I agree with Fender32 to some extent:

"It's a shame really - so much effort put into something so utterly worthless! Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2010 by VCBF (Val)
2.0 out of 5 stars Utter fantasy (and not in the good old-fashoined 'Disney' way)!
I won't write too much here, because I'm fairly sure that most people will skip by this 'negative' review anyway. Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2009 by Fender32
5.0 out of 5 stars Vanessa Paradis
Not sure what to expect from this little film due to subtitles but I have to say that I was glued to the screen. Read more
Published on 27 Mar 2009 by Mayflower
5.0 out of 5 stars G.NEVILLE
one of the best films i have seen this year, top marks for all concerned,good story,very good acting,should make more films like this.
Published on 12 Mar 2009 by G. Neville
4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle moving film with perfect french class.
This is a must see film for any fans of the delectable Vanessa Paradis. In this film she plays a student who becomes infatuated with her teacher. Read more
Published on 28 Jun 2000 by john@crumpton.worldonline.co.uk
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