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Pact of Silence [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Gérard Depardieu , Élodie Bouchez , Graham Guit    DVD
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  • Actors: Gérard Depardieu, Élodie Bouchez, Carmen Maura, Isaac Sharry, Tsilla Chelton
  • Directors: Graham Guit
  • Writers: Marcelle Bernstein, Rose Bosch
  • Producers: Alain Goldman, António da Cunha Telles, Catherine Morisse
  • Format: AC-3, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Nov 2003
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CBL87
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,165 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Bound by blood. Witnesses to terror. Gérard Depardieu stars in this intriguing thriller of seduction, obsession and betrayal about twins who share a deadly secret. Discovering the truth may cost him more than his life-- it may cost him his soul.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars old man gets off with young girl; yawn! 24 Feb 2013
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The story line is not the strongest (moderately interesting take on the "divergent yet parallel twin" theme) but that's not the main reason for one star. I simply object to these ridiculous films which repeatedly showcase implausibly old men having relationships with desirable young women. It's a feeble romantic cul de sac which demonstrates extraordinary paucity on the part of the film maker in terms of originality of thought. Lazy film making involving an otherwise excellent actor who should really know better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Anytime viewing 27 Nov 2003
The DVD arrived today. Whilst at lunch (A French Lunch)I viewed the film. Excellent. Acting is good. Storyline excellent. Gerard Depardieu plays an intersting part, and Elodie Bouchez is forcused on her part(s) - I wouldn't say the ending is foreseeable (in part) it does leave you wondering! but the whole film is a must and typical of French films (No American lets not offend crap here) - Watch and enjoy. I think the main theme of this film is that it does actually make you wonder at who is who and what happens between twins!
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3.0 out of 5 stars not the best thriller....not the worst 23 May 2005
By Margaux Paschke - Published on
Perhaps if the ending had been different I would have rated this film much higher. The acting was superb and the plot (3/4 of it anyway) was fascinating and kept me glued to the screen. However, I agree with other reviewers who found the script too deliberately confusing for it's own good. It did not need to be so ambigious ALL of the time to keep the mysterious secret of the identical twins. The immediate romance made sense (sidetracking the pursuit of the "secret", the pursuit of experiencing "real life" as the Priest invites the one twin to do, as well as furthering the view of redemption through love) but it seems to unravel once all of the main characters arrive at one place at the same time. The twins ending up wearing the same clothes just to keep the audience confused as to their real identities was way too unrealistic and somewhat ruined it for me not to mention that the climax scene made no sense at all AND this is despite my knowing which twin was which (since one twin greets the other when they reunite and gives away the name of each twin at the hand holding scene). Why would Sarah be mad at Gaelle?? The reason she states is unrealstic and unexplainable especially when you discover the truth! Highly recommend the film only if you can overlook some major flaws and concentrate instead on the flawless acting and intresting themes of religion, redemption and the different meanings of love.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mystery solved. Next! 29 Nov 2004
By Jean E. Pouliot - Published on
A sullen girl is imprisoned in France. A young nun in Brazil is tormented by mysterious abdominal pain. Father Joachim (Gerard Depardieu), the priest-surgeon assigned to the nun's case, is mystified by her ailment and fascinated when its cause cannot be determined. Perhaps he sees in the young woman's secretiveness a reflection of his own violent past? What is the connection between these cases and the mysterious words "screel deen" that the nun screams in her agonies?

The filmmaker strings us along for the better part of an hour, as we tease out the mysterious connections. We are treated to mysterious voodoo rituals on the beach, a nosy journalist wannabe, an improbably love story and a mother with secrets of her own. There is so much deliberate confusion and unclear switched identities that by the end, I wasn't sure what happened and I cared even less.

BTW: This film is rated R only for 1 shot of a nun binding her breasts during the opening credits.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Film of Gothic Proportions as only the French can make! 9 Nov 2003
By Grady Harp - Published on
THE PACT OF SILENCE is an astonishingly fine film that is one of the best French murder mysteries/gothic stories since DIABOLIQUE. The story is complex and unravels slowly and tensely. Gerard Depardieu (in one of his finest performances) plays a priest/physician with a past of his own who happens to be called to care for a young Carmelite nun with bizarre, recurrent abdominal pain and anxiety atttacks. Though the Carmelite order does not accept contemporary medicine, Depardieu follows the young nun, makes discoveries about her parents and finds that she has an identical twin sister who is in prison for alledgedly murdering a child under her care while baby sitting 10 years ago. There is a Mother Superior (the inordinately gifted actress Carmen Maura) who cares for the young nun (Sarah) and holds to beliefs that herbal medicine, especially as practiced by a shamanist women in Brazil, is the only means of curing Sarah's ills. At this point Depardieu's priest is commited to investigate the source of his patient's pain and is defrocked as priest for his efforts. Sarah's twin (Gaelle) is released from prison, and in fear and desparation finds succour in the kindness of Depardieu's Priest.
Once the twins know of each other's whereabouts the mystery grows thicker and the resolution of the impact of the 'pact of silence' between the twins is the climax of this thrilling film. To say more would lessen the effect of the movie. There is a powerful statement about taking responsibility for one's past, and the power of love that is the source of healing, and some very interesting insights into the Catholic Church and its Orders. Beautifully filmed in Paris and Portugal, the scenery and camera effects are majestic, the use of flashbacks to provide the past history of each of the characters is subtle and very well done, and the acting is homogeneously excellent. The twins are played by young French actress Elodie Bouchez and her ability to find the separate identities in the identical twins' personalities is uncanny. In French with excellent subtitles. The music score (ranging from Pergolesi's "Stabat Mater" to contemporary street music) is well realized. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Confused 17 Mar 2005
By Melissa - Published on
At first, I found this film rather slow but ended up quite gripping. And then it ended. It left many unanswered questions that really would have made this a deeper, more substantial film. While I enjoyed the film, it could definitely have been less mysterious than it was. I would likely have to watch it again to see if I missed something.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Une quatrième étoile pour Depardieu 18 Aug 2012
By E. Hernandez - Published on
LE PACTE DU SILENCE (a/k/a THE PACT OF SILENCE, 2003, 90 minutes, French, music by Alexandre Desplat) is pretty good thriller-filler material in the spirit of Hitchcock's I Confess and Vertigo. It is an obvious homage to these and other films. Depardieu, accomplishing this powerhouse performance just a few years after he did My Father the Hero and a few years prior to his turn as Inspector Bellamy (vid. my reviews for both)

Father Joachim (a still-thin and healthy-looking Gerard Depardieu) becomes obsessed with his medical patient, Sister Sarah the Carmelite (Elodie Bouchez). See, Fr. Joachim is also a physician. There is just something about her, and the audience quickly finds out what it is: she has a twin sister, Gaelle (also Bouchez) who is doing time for murder.

In a somewhat confusing and sometimes silly labyrinth of mystery, Fr. Joachim pursues the truth and Sr. Sarah to the point of excommunication - but we soon find he's not the only one in this story who deserves to be excommunicated. The rest ... I cannot spoil this no matter how old it is. It is a fun popcorn film, as I said, with that relaxed, infuriating European pace that says 'I-do-not-really-care-what-you-think-of-my-movie'.

Somehow, PACTE manages to steal from/pay homage to films as diverse as The Corsican Brothers, Agnes of God, foreshadows The Prestige and even borrows from the TV series Don Matteo (see my reviews for these latter two). Its homage to VERTIGO and its foreshadowing of THE PRESTIGE are especially riveting because it is all handled well. It is also, I think, the last film in which Depardieu looks healthy and not fat.

I might add there is a sort of a treat (it was for me anyway) in the character of the journalist Morel (Isaac Sharry): he is a handsome, dark Middle Easterner with one amber eye and one jade green eye. This condition, called heterochromia iridum, involves two different eye colors. I love this topic because I have partial heterochromia: the inner ring of my dual colors is amber, the outer ring is violet. Sharry has the condition in its 'total' form and I have never seen another actor with it.

Many people erroneously believe David Bowie has this condition. He does not - an injury left him blind in one eye and that pupil is permanently dilated, but both his eyes are decidedly blue. So now that I have had my own personal 'geek-out', I can honestly recommend this silly-thrilly flick, even if it's just to impress your sweetie with your knowledge of French and French Catholiques.
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