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Puffball [2006] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Miranda Richardson, Kelly Reilly, Donald Sutherland, Rita Tushingham
  • Directors: Nicolas Roeg
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Yume Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Feb 2009
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CHG07M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,439 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Legendary director Nicolas Roeg (Performance, Walkabout, Don't Look Now, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Bad Timing, Eureka) directs PUFFBALL, a chilling tale of love, lust and loss in rural Ireland. Set in an isolated valley where a young ambitious architect (Kelly Reilly - Mrs Henderson Presents; Eden Lake) buys a ruined building to transform and renovate. But the dwelling has a tragic history... When she finds herself unexpectedly pregnant the neighbouring farmers turn against her and her unborn child, and try to change the course of nature. A drama with supernatural overtones, a thriller about love, life, grief and sex, PUFFBALL is an adaptation of the Fay Weldon novel of the same name. The film also stars Miranda Richardson (The Crying Game, Sleepy Hollow) and '60's icon Rita Tushingham (A Taste of Honey) - and re-unites Roeg with Hollywood star Donald Sutherland for the first time since Don't Look Now.

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By Mikey Waterbomb! on 22 July 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I bought this because it was a Nicolas Roeg film and that i needed something cheap so that i could qualify for the over £10 free delivery! I really wish that i hadn't. Despite the fact that it has some top names from the past and the lovely Kelly Reilly. It is the worst film that i've had the displeasure of seeing in years! There are some dreadful 70's/80's special effects and there's some really bad acting going on, especially from Rita Tushingham, running around looking like a scarecrow that's been electrocuted. And what the hell is going on in the 'story' ?? refrences to Norse mythology and Celtic folklore?? Is it Odin or John Barleycorn messing with the lovely Kelly (or just too much of the local wine!). I think Mr Roeg should rest on his laurels and call it a day. Avoid this film like the plague and buy a copy of 'Don't look now' or 'The man who fell to earth'.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Paul Ess. on 1 April 2009
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Nicolas Roeg's discordant anti-thriller 'Puffball' is an eerie tale of conception and covert coupling filmed in his unmistakable style; not even slightly mellowed or distilled for the 21st Century.
Still powerful with a driving erotic charge - still taking the everyday and ordinary and making it seem strange.

'Puffball's plot is simple but intelligent (yes readers, you've got to THINK about this one, sorry...); mad-stare Mabs is desperate for another child; she has 3 girls already and longs for a boy. Her mother Molly, a slightly Wiccan mad-woman troubled by a tragic event in her past, decides to assist using an ancient hex but inadvertently knocks up a completely different woman - Liffey - a lithe architect renovating a nearby cottage.
Much angst and intrigue ensues as the two ladies (and their respective spouses) go head to head in a psychological and symbolic battle for the unborn child.

Into this already heated environ Roeg introduces much organic and biological detail; eye-popping real sex sequences (filmed inside the women!) insinuating a supernatural connection between the rush of sperm flooding the cervix - and the releasing of the giant puffball's spores (the old witch's element in her increasingly eccentric spells); the dominant symbol of fertility throughout the film.

Kelly Riley is lustrously sexy as Liffey; her physicality proving the catalyst for the dream-like events which unfold following her arrival.
Miranda Richardson is the delusional Mabs, driven to fluence and unorthodoxy in her frantic attempts to conceive.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sam I am on 5 Nov 2009
Format: DVD
On the face of it Puffball is an eerie tale of Witchcraft and the Old Gods still in operation in 21st century Ireland ,and read simply like this it conveys much power taking us through the images of Mythological woman(crones,fertile maidens,and virgins)into an exploration of what it means to be female.But what I think it is really about is the inabilty of us all to secound guess life.Almost every plan laid down by every character in this film comes to nothing,fate thwarts them and then gives them little crumbs of comfort to be getting on with and then the film moves on(much like life).It is only when the old dies that harmonisation occurs between what had previously been disparate parts and all this overseen by the young girl who has knowledge of what must be done to see out the old.As Roeg says in the making of puffball documentary that accompanies the film."Do you know what God laughs at? People who make plans!"-Buy this Dvd its head and shoulders above any tedious so called horror film out there!
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Grant Hutchison on 7 Aug 2012
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In this incoherent film, capable architect Liffey (Kelly Reilly) moves into and renovates a remote Irish cottage. She falls foul of her mildly deranged neighbours, a mother (Molly) and daughter (Mabs) played by Rita Tushingham and Miranda Richardson. Mabs wants a male baby; Molly seems to have lost a male child. This makes them resentful of the pregnant Liffey. Various magical high jinks ensue, Liffey has a complicated pregnancy in more ways than one, and there may well be a ghost involved, too - it's all a bit vague.
Rita Tushingham does an occasionally comic job of darting madly around the undergrowth in full-on spaewife mode; Miranda Richardson does here best with the rather one-dimensional Mabs. Kelly Reilly unfortunately radiates a sort of tentative haplessness whenever she's called upon to depict Liffey's capable nature: issuing apologetic instructions to the builders, performing a bit of catastrophically unconvincing joinery, poking at a recalcitrant generator, or giving her boyfriend a rather listless reproach for getting the Land Rover "stuck" in two inches of mud. By far the most rounded and believable character is provided in a supporting role by Tina Kellegher as Mabs' nosey and sullen sister.
It gets worse: the male characters are stereotypical sexist ciphers, the sort that are insulting not just to men but to women as well. The two younger men are good only for delivering grunting sex, being a bit confused and hurt by the women's subtle natures, and getting into a fistfight (over the women, of course). The third male trundles in as a predictable Father Figure for the beleaguered Liffey: it's her ex-boss come to offer her her old job back, sporting a shock of white hair, a supportive and uncritical attitude, and a wardrobe from Old-Guy Chic.
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