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  • Actors: Gérard Depardieu, Roman Polanski, Sergio Rubini, Nicola Di Pinto, Tano Cimarosa
  • Directors: Giuseppe Tornatore
  • Writers: Giuseppe Tornatore, Pascal Quignard
  • Producers: Alexandre Mnouchkine, Bruno Altissimi, Claudio Saraceni, Jean-Louis Livi, Mario Cecchi Gori
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Jun. 2004
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001KZN9W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,411 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A dark, Kafkaesque crime thriller. Onoff (Gerald Depardieu) is picked up by police officers, who find him running across the French countryside in the rain, breathless and apparently suffering from short-term memory loss. A murder has been committed in the nearby woods and Onoff is interrogated by an inspector (Roman Polanski), who will try to arrive at the truth.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 15 Nov. 2005
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'A Pure Formality' was, to my surprise, one of the very best films I've seen in a long time. I'd seen snippets of the Italian version on Italian TV and the English-language one on US cable, neither encouraging me to delve further, but in its original French, with both Polanski and Depardieu voicing themselves, it manages to turn a potentially hoary old psychodrama into something much more life affirming.
Depardieu is the confused great writer arrested in the middle of a rainstorm and taken to a dark, leaking Italian police station where he is interrogated by Roman Polanski's inspector, who also happens to be an ardent fan, over the identity of a murder victim. Naturally, layers of self-deception are gradually pulled away on this long dark night of the soul before it reaches a not entirely unexpected but still remarkably satisfying conclusion. Despite the claustrophobic setting, Giuseppe Tornatore's excellent composition keeps it vividly cinematic, with several memorable moments (the most impressive a beautiful sequence following a song as it floats through the room). The flashbacks are sometimes awkward and I could definitely have done without Depardieu's nudity, but this is still one of the most remarkable films I've seen in recent years. Two-thirds through the movie a power cut hit for two-and-a-half hours, and it was excruciating waiting to get the chance to finish the film.
The film is very highly recommended indeed. However, the DVD is less than perfect. The English subtitles are non-removeable, there is a synchronisation problem on the sound at one point and it only offers the French-language version (although both Polanski and Depardieu use their own voices). The only extra is the Italian trailer.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By pl on 6 April 2005
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5 stars for the movie, 1 star for the DVD release.
This is one of my favourite movies of all times. I was waiting for the DVD release for years, and when it was finally released... what a disappointment! The transfer is really shoddy: terrible picture quality, hardcoded subs. But worst of all is the desynchronized sound: in the middle of the movie it is delayed by almost one second (!).
If you haven't seen this movie yet, it is highly recommended: a true undiscovered gem, with wonderful music, great acting, incredible dialogues and amazing plot. But if you're counting on a quality release, keep away from this one.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Aeneas on 16 Dec. 2007
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This is an excellent thriller with outstanding performances from both Polanski and Depardieu. The song at the end still comes to my mind from time to time, which is why I got reminded to review this film. For some people it will appear slow and the viewer will for quite some time be wondering what is really going on. Actually only at the very end will this become clear and sometimes only upon reflection a la "Aha!"

Highly recommended and a timely reminder of our short sojourn here on planet earth. Choose to watch it in French with subtitles. It was the best movie that I watched that year!
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12 of 23 people found the following review helpful By i2mpbs on 25 Jun. 2004
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It's great to see this flic on dvd format, better than vhs, the transer is obviously from video and not 35mm, not a restored version at all, but its affordable and available to whoever now and at least its anamorphic. you gotta turn down the brightness a lot and do the best you can with your tv contrast and color temps, plasma guys will benefit of course, too bad I'm an lcd guy, but its affordable... Recomend this movie to anyone who liked secret window.
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