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Petites Coupures [DVD] [2003]

Daniel Auteuil , Kristin Scott Thomas , Pascal Bonitzer    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Daniel Auteuil, Kristin Scott Thomas, Pascale Bussières, Ludivine Sagnier, Jean Yanne
  • Directors: Pascal Bonitzer
  • Writers: Pascal Bonitzer, Emmanuel Salinger
  • Producers: Douglas Cummins, Jean-Michel Rey, Philippe Liégeois
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Jan 2004
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00011FXKK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,562 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Torn between his wife (Emmanuelle Devos) and his young girlfriend (Ludivine Sagnier), and with his communist political beliefs battered by the winds of history, journalist Bruno (Daniel Auteuil) has lost his way in the world. After responding to a call for help from his uncle, Bruno gets lost driving through a dark forest. Seeking help he encounters the icily enigmatic Beatrice (Kristin Scott Thomas) and soon Bruno's tangled life becomes even more complex.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vertigo in the Alps 2 April 2007
By Al
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Taking it's inspiration from the opening lines of Dante's "Inferno": "Midway upon the journey of our life/I found myself within a forest dark", Petites Coupures is a Hitchcockian exploration of mid-life angst and obsession set among the achingly beautiful Rhones-Alpes region of France. Daniel Auteuil is,as ever, outstanding, as the politically and emotionally bankrupt hero who stumbles upon intrigue and possible redemption in an enigmatic encounter with the icily cold Kristen Scott-Thomas. As with Hitchcock's Vertigo the moral boundaries are blurred, but director Pascal Bonitzer keeps us focussed on character and motivation and the result is a deeply satisfying and at times ravishing addition to the French canon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Sindri
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French film critic, writer and director Pascal Bonitzer`s third feature film which he also wrote the screenplay for, tells the story about journalist Bruno who is having doubts about his communists believes and who no longer knows if it is his wife or his young lover he really loves. After having received a call from his uncle who is fighting for re-election as the mayor of a small-town in Grenoble, Bruno decides to help him, but on his way he gets stuck in a dark forest. In search for someone that can help him, he encounters a secretive woman named Beatrice.

This visually compelling and character-driven road-movie, a poignantly atmospheric mystery drama, which is an intriguingly written story about a middle-aged man`s entwining love life, is strengthened by a fine music score and good acting performances, especially from Daniel Auteuil and Kristin Scott Thomas. Ludivine Sagnier and Emmanuelle Devos are also good in minor parts. A stylish, humorous and somewhat romantic neo-noir from Jacques Rivette`s frequent collaborator, which was nominated for the Golden Bear at the Berlinale in 2003.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than you'd think 10 Oct 2010
I think this film has had some poor reviews, but I enjoyed it and it was what I expected. It is funny, but some people I saw it with felt it was not good at all, so I guess it depends on taste. The actors are great.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Like watching a very pretentious painting dry 15 Aug 2012
The film looks great, and the actors and acting are spot on. But the whole thing, about a tedious bloke who everyone seems to find fascinating, going on an errand and getting lost in a forest and having incredibly pretentious conversations with a slightly mysterious woman, the whole thing is drainingly boring.

The dialogue is very much of the 'coffee? I'd love coffee. But would I? And if I did, what would it mean? Oh, kiss, don't, we can't, it's the coffee - its central contradictions remind me too much of the human condition....'. I love France, French culture and the French language. I've seen loads of French films with these actors in, and thought they were brilliant. But not this one, I'm afraid.

Every time the story seems to be going somewhere, it goes somewhere else, leaving the audience (well, me anyway) wondering what's going on, and struggling to care.

Truly terrible, French film-making at its worst!

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