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  • Park Benches [DVD] [2009] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Park Benches [DVD] [2009] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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Sight gags and Parisian local color 27 July 2011
By DVD Verdict - Published on
Format: DVD
Judge James A. Stewart, DVD Verdict-- The first dialogue in Park Benches comes a few minutes in, when Lucie is accosted by a group of street marketers from Brico Dream who want to sell her some shower nozzles. This was the point where I realized that I'd forgotten to turn on the English-language subtitles, and I couldn't understand the dialogue with my meager knowledge of French. I started over, and when I got back to that scene, I realized that I already had the gist and didn't really need the actual words. There are some funny lines--it's not quite Mr. Hulot's Holiday--but director Bruno Podalydés knows his way around sight gags. The tone at Lucie's office is captured quickly when you see what's on the computers--Pacman, an apartment hunt, and personal ads--and when you see the crowd gather to greet Lucie and her fellow explorers as they return from the unsuccessful attempt to meet "Homme Seul." At Brico Dream, a team member's oddly placed tool looks like, well, a tool, a big coffee machine requires some surreal giant batteries, and a game of charades explains a problem with a drill.

There are gags with words, as when a man and a woman discuss their loneliness with unknown friends on cell phones and then suddenly meet--and completely fail to hit it off. However, you'd be able to get by on just the gestures and actions of the non-couple. Occasional bits like some dirty malaprops or some trash talking on the playground do require subtitles or knowledge of French, though.

Very little of Park Benches revolves around the "Homme Seul" banner, although Lucie does eventually get to meet the lonely man and find that the mystery isn't all that mysterious. It's not quite a red herring, though, since you meet other lonely people, such as the non-couple on the cell phones, throughout the movie.

Park Benches is divided into three parts: the office segments at open and close, lunchtime at the park, and afternoon at Brico Dream. The office segments contain what there is of a plot; the park scenes mix in a lot of the local Parisian color that I've come to expect from modern French comedies, with a lot of people running radio-controlled boats on the water; and the Brico Dream segment gets really farcical.

Park Benches is a bright, cheerful-looking movie whether indoors or outdoors and you can distinguish all the overlapping dialogue.
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The Farce that is Life..... 17 Dec. 2014
By CARLOS ROMERO - Published on
Format: DVD
A very funny and intelligent comedy, the French at their best! "Banc publics (Versailles rive droite)" ("Park Benches" from 2009 and written and directed by Bruno Podalydès) takes place in a quiet suburb of Paris, where people from 'all walks of life' cross paths and agree/disagree on just about everything. Their genuine humanity is explored and displayed by their various interactions with each other (pieced together in segments), that resulted in some very funny situations and moments. The dialogue and quirky characters will bring many a smile to your face! With an all-star cast: Florence Muller, Denis Podalydès, Bruno Podalydès, Laure Calamy, Olivier Gourmet, Hippolyte Girardot, Josiane Balasko, Eric Prat, Pierre Arditi, Nicole Garcia, Mathieu Amalric, Chiara Mastroianni, Emmanuelle Devos, Isabelle Candelier, Catherine Deneuve, Michael Lonsdale, Benoit Poelvoorde, etc., etc. This film handled and tackled the "farce" that is life, very handsomely: with some very subtle touches of the surreal too, but without the need to be misanthropic or downright nasty. This refreshing comedy will be especially pleasing and amusing to-all-us Francophiles. The DVD picture and sound quality by MPI is very good. NTSC, French (English subtitles), NR 114 mins.

Love and Peace,
Carlos Romero
Another great french movie! 29 Jun. 2015
By Lindsey Miller - Published on
Format: DVD
I absolutely loved this movie! It was entertaining and hilarious. A very good movie!!
Five Stars 21 May 2015
By PF - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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