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Strayed [DVD] [2003]

Emmanuelle Béart , Gaspard Ulliel , André Téchiné    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Emmanuelle Béart, Gaspard Ulliel, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Clémence Meyer, Samuel Labarthe
  • Directors: André Téchiné
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Subtitled, Digital Sound
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Soda Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Jun 2006
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F6IIJY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,315 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Emmanuelle Beart stars in this enigmatic wartime drama. In June 1940, the German army advances on Paris. Odile (Beart), a widowed teacher, flees with her children and joins the exodus from the city. When their refugee column is attacked by German aircraft, a young man called Yvan (Gaspard Ulliel) appears to lead her from safety, to an abandoned house in the woods. Isolated and cut off, Odile is unsure whether she can trust this strange, feral youth, and the longer they stay in the house, the more intense their relationship becomes.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting take on wartime drama 18 Aug 2006
For the most part, this film plays out with just four characters - when fleeing Paris, young widow Odile and her two children hook up with the resourceful Yvan, a youth of uncertain background.

Deep in a forest, they find refuge in a large and isolated country house - a kind of fairytale sanctuary largely hidden from the horrors going on all around.

Grainy black and white war scenes occasionally break up the lush shots of the forest and house, signalling to the viewer that reality will soon disturb the fragile idyll the refugees have found.

This is an intriguing and thoughtful tale of a disturbed youth and a broken family's efforts to find comfort and a semblance of normality in each other's company. In stark contrast to the traditional focus of war films on action and fighting, this one concentrates on a mother's struggle to protect her family, and is all the more powerful for it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good story, competently told 7 Oct 2007
By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Having already seen the young Gaspard Ulliel perform so convincingly in "A Very Long Engagement", "The Last Day", "Summer Things", and recently (at the cinema) in "Paris, Je t'Aime", I bought this DVD to see how he performed opposite Emmanuelle Beart, the ever-youthful queen of French cinema. I was not disappointed, but neither was I blown-away by this moody WW2 drama.

Ulliel and Beart play their parts with characteristic style and concision, but alas the director could have made much more of the threatening aspect of their forest setting. There were numerous lost opportunities to heighten tension, and deepen character. For example, more could have been made of Ulliel's nocturnal wanderings, or even of the wanderings of others traipsing the roads of rural France, fleeing from the enemy. Also, the use of black-and-white documentary material could have been augmented by flashbacks of Ulliel's own poor life in the reformatory. The ambiguity at the film's end over the fate of Ulliel felt somewhat contrived, and by this time I was a little disappointed that Beart's character had not opened out into something more substantial.

But let me not detract from what is a good story, competently-told. It is an enjoyable film, that never loses fascination, and can be wholeheartedly recommended for an evening's viewing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining early WW2 Drama 10 July 2006
By L. Davidson VINE VOICE
The highlight of "Strayed" is the phenomenal acting peformance from Emmanuelle Beart in the lead role of Odile, a recently widowed mother of two, fleeing from the Nazis in 1940's France. Beart binds the film together superbly ; a film with a mostly youthful cast.After her family escape from a terrible German bombing raid at the start of the film, Odile and her children find shelter in an abandoned mansion with a mysterious teenage boy who they meet en route and with whom Odile develops romantic(well erotic) feelings. His survivalist skills help develop the hideaway into something of a pastoral idyll until what remains of the French authorities bring it to an end. "Strayed" is dominated by Beart from start to finish and this offbeat film is enjoyable throughout.
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4.0 out of 5 stars intriguing and haunting 15 Mar 2012
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
Andre Techine can always be relied on to make films that leave a mark, often set in a world of barely contained tensions and unresolved conflicts. And so it is here, in his only statement on the Second World War (as far as I know), which he treats at a certain distance by telling a tale that in a sense is more about stages of maturity and how and when knowledge can be acquired. It is set in the exodus of 1940 when many French people (and other nationalities, I think) went down through France to try and escape the invading German forces. The war is felt mainly in the way it deprives people of their loved ones - in this case the father - and their normal environments and daily lives. Here a widowed mother seeks refuge in a large country house with her two children at the prompting of a feral youth, initially against her will. What follows is quite slow by Techine's standards and slightly gloomy, perhaps, but it does get under the skin and sends shafts of poetic light into the shuttered rooms and the inner lives of these four main characters. The sense of the surrounding countryside is also memorable for the light conditions and rustle of the leaves.

It operates as a low-key thriller in the sense that we know Ivan is not quite what he seems, and the mother is torn between practical need, the desire to protect her children, and a fascination with the 17-year-old. Gaspard Ulliel makes a suitably saturnine youth who has spent time in care, while the young Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet has an openness and vulnerability that make him very touching in some of his reactions, both to his mother and the stranger. The little girl, who is probably eight or nine, also gets a certain amount of screen time that evokes her world of fairy stories vividly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Told in a Tender and Intimate Manner 13 Oct 2011
By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER
"Strayed," ("Les egares"), (2003), is a French war drama/romance, about 90 minutes long, filmed in full-color in the mountainous Castres, Tarn, in the beautiful countryside of that nation. It is set during the climactic days of World War II, directed by Andre Techine,(Wild Reeds [DVD] [1995] [US Import],Scene of the Crime [DVD] [1986] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]). It is based upon the novel LES EGARES by Gilles Perrault.

In June, 1940, Paris is falling in slow-motion to German soldiers as they advance on the city. Odile, played by Emmanuelle Beart, (Manon Des Sources [DVD], Nathalie [DVD], 8 Women [DVD]), is a widowed schoolteacher whose husband was killed early in the war. She is drawn into the panic surrounding her, so she packs up her car with everything it will carry, and with her two children, joins the exodus from the city. Philippe is on the cusp of adolescence. Little Cathy knows only that they are going south. After the family has spent many slow-moving hours on the overtaxed roads, a German plane attacks the refugees. There is great loss of life. The terrified Odile's car burns; she and her children lose everything. Then a shaven-headed 17-year old local youth, named Yvan, who seems to have escaped from a local institution of some sort during the panic, appears from nowhere.
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