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Noce Blanche [VHS]


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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
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Tartan
  • VHS Release Date: 5 Jun 2000
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CM4Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 320,180 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 April 2010
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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 on 7 Sep 2006
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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 By Satish Nimkar on 23 Mar 2010
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The French film-makers are the past masters in making films on scandalous subjects(at least to the staid British sensitvity). This film is not much different:It deals with the love between middle-aged school teacher and a problem female student.

The subject itself is really not new. Hollywood had already made a film on similar lines with the film GIRL'S DORMITORY in 1936. The chances are there that the French one is inspired by this film directed by Irving Cummings. The teacher's role played by Herbert Marshall and curiously enough, the school girl's role played a French actress called Simone Simon. Of course,the French have departed from the original in many ways. In the Girl's Dormitory the teacher is a bachelor. The French film shows a lot of nudity,which the Hollywood in those days could not even dream of. Cinematically,the Girls Dormitory is a far better film and entertaing at that! Incidentally, it is first film of Tyrone Power, where he has a cameo as the boy friend of the school girl.

I could not really figure out the psychological reason for the obsession of the girl for her teacher in the French film. Did she want a father figure or was it just what the French call amour fou? Nevertheless,the film is worth watching for the performace of Vanessa Paradis. The overall atmosphere in the film is somber and tense. I feel that apart from the shocking subject, the film does not have much to offer. You can easily skip the film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BAZ316 on 9 Jan 2011
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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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