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The Girl Cut in Two [DVD]

Ludivine Sagnier , Benoit Magimel , Claude Chabrol    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ludivine Sagnier, Benoit Magimel, Francois Berleand
  • Directors: Claude Chabrol
  • 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: 7 Sep 2009
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ED8BMA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,757 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A TV weather girl (Ludivine Sagnier) is caught in the middle when a spoiled playboy (Benoît Magimel) and a famous author (François Berléand) compete for her affections.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Gabrielle Deneige (Ludivine Sagnier) has a high profile job presenting the weather on French TV. Despite Gabrielle's staunch work ethic however, she values her privacy over her professional career and lives in a modest house with her ageing mother (Marie Bunel). One day, renowned author Charles Saint-Denis (Francois Berleand) is interviewed at the television station where Gabrielle works, and the two feel an instant, powerful connection. Later, at a book signing, the pair continues to flirt despite the presence of a spoiled, ultra-rich, pharmaceutical heir, Paul Gaudens (Benoit Magimel) - who openly despises the writer and longs to claim Gabrielle as his own. Despite the fact that Charles is still happily married to his wife of twenty-five years (Valeria Cavalli), with whom he shares a home in a posh ultra-modern estate in the countryside, he and Gabrielle share an intimate afternoon at the author's nearby pied-a-terre. Later, as the potentially psychotic Paul steps up his pursuit of Gabrielle, the young woman begins to question the purity of intention of either of her suitors. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Venice Film Festival, ...The Girl Cut in Two ( La fille coupée en deux ) ( Die zweigeteilte Frau )

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Gabrielle Deneige (Ludivine Sagnier) is blonde, friendly, smart but not shrewd or sophisticated. She's a weather presenter on a local television station. Her mother manages a bookstore. Charles Saint-Denis is a famous man of letters, winner of the Prix Goncourt. He's three decades her senior, wealthy, charming, aging and a rake. His wife loves him. Paul Gaudens (Benoit Magimel) is spoiled, arrogant, the young heir to the Gaudens chemical millions and seems to need a keeper to smooth over the trouble he causes for others and himself. His father is dead. His mother is elegant and icy. Both men become fixated on Gabrielle. Saint-Dennis, because she gives him youth and sex, because she is a malleable bit of female clay he can instruct in the worldly ways of sexual dissolution. Gaudens, because she doesn't fall over for him, yet treats him as the attractive man he thinks himself to be. Both men detest each other. Both would be fine catches for any ambitious young woman. Please note that elements of the plot are discussed..

Gabrielle falls in love with Saint-Denis, and is even willing to climb the carved, wooden, circular staircase with him in the elegant rake's club he takes her to, introducing her to his fellow aging, wealthy libertines. Charles wants her, has her, then doesn't want the entanglements, then wants her, then doesn't want the bother of leaving his wife, then wants her. Paul wants her, is furious with Charles for having her, wants her, wants her, wants her. And Gabrielle? The best description of her situation comes from Roger Ebert: "The three central characters are in an emotional fencing match, and Gabrielle lacks a mask." That she survives, and don't ask about the other two, makes a fine story that has not a trace of melodrama.
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3.0 out of 5 stars the magician's illusion. 1 April 2011
I am fond of this film no doubt due, in some part, to the presence of the undeniably photogenic Ludivine Sagnier, with her impossible cheeriness and her complete lack of dress sense that seems to articulate, in the body of the image, this supposed bifurcation of a girl( she is around 30, so this may indicate a certain wish fulfilment on behalf of nearly all the 'adults' in the film), who is determined to have her way, while others try to have their way with her.
Yes there is a certain priapic quality to the men portrayed here, but that only serves to make them look as ridiculous as they are; the preening younger man (Francois Berland) thumb-sucker, nail biter and idiot, the self-satisfied older man (Benoit Magimel)who addresses all women as though they are about to get on their knees and pleasure him. Consequently we might argue that the film works best as a satire on the supposed liberalism of the rich, a liberalism that merely cloaks the parasitic ambience of the well heeled.
What Chabrol offers, in a less than interested manner is a kind of farce that plays itself out in the brothels and swanky houses of a group of people who consider themselves Parisian while living in Lyons, that the young woman at the core of the film works as a weather 'girl' for a cable TV station is hardly subtle nor is the rendition of the group of TV people that flit in and out of the diegetic world like shadow puppets, their two dimensionality clearly meant as a comment on our current culture. Still in the end their is a kind of charm to this film, a charm that endears one to the look if not the over-all substance of its finish and the final moment may be more than an awkward metaphor, in may be something closer to a truth.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well made but rather unengaging 29 Dec 2009
**** spoilers ****

The Girl Cut in Two is a well constructed and competently acted psychological twist on the old love triangle theme. It explores areas of debauched decadence (OK I suppose you could call it sordid) but in a surprisingly coy manner. The love scenes do not stray much beyond a 12 rating (although I'd like to know exactly WHAT she was getting up to under the covers!), the group sex is intimated rather than displayed and even the players' language is restrained - nothing more then the occasional 'merde' or 'seigneur!". At a soupçon under two hours it does plod at times, but there is just enough intrigue and gradual gathering of momentum to maintain the interest. It cumulates in one moment of mildly shocking violence, followed by its sobering consequences, as the film fades away. The final scene is quite amusing, but hammers the titular metaphor home with a deliberate lack of subtlety!

So why just the three stars? Well, with the exception of the sympathetic gravel-voiced uncle, all the characters are just so downright unlikeable! Charles Saint-Denis, played convincingly by François Berléand, is a somewhat charismatic but utterly selfish and depraved old reprobate, whereas spoilt little rich boy Paul Gaudens is impossibly arrogant and loathsome. Our heroine (that is SO the wrong word) Gabrielle comes over as a chavvy and egotistical gold-digger. Even the minor players are rather unengaging. Gabrielle's mother is weak and has an impossible laissez faire attitude to her daughter's disastrous relationships. Gabrielle's creepy colleague has all the charm of a dead fish as he attempts to flirt clumsily with her. Gaudens' mother is cold and dispassionate (although she does recognise the doomed nature of the relationship).
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