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Very Annie Mary [DVD] [2001] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Rachel Griffiths, Jonathan Pryce, Ioan Gruffudd, Matthew Rhys, Kenneth Griffith
  • Directors: Sara Sugarman
  • Writers: Sara Sugarman
  • Producers: Damian Jones, Graham Broadbent, Lesley Stewart
  • Format: Anamorphic, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Enhanced, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Koch Lorber Films
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Mar 2004
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00016105C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,156 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By "mike-boy" on 21 April 2002
Format: VHS Tape
With Sarah Sugarman's films you can expect the unexpected, her comedy and humour can be somewhat unorthodox, madcap and zany, but her latest offering, Very Annie Mary, is her best so far. Set in a South Wales valley it tells the story of a baker and his daughter, (who is still living at home and helping in the business), and the trials and tribulations she has to endure when she is left to look after her ailing father following a siezure. Not a normal topic for comedy but this film succeeds where others would not have dared to tread. Also look out for welsh celebs in the background to the main action, Ruth Maddock and Maureen Rees, (from tv's Driving School), to name just two. Buy this video now and after having watched it you'll then want to be on the look out for others from this inovative director, Sarah Sugarman is in a league of her own regarding the films that she makes.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Aug 2003
Format: DVD
This is a brilliant film, I swear I know half the people in it, and my mother knows the other half !! It is very welsh, and I do think being welsh helps you understand the humour, the part where they are wheeling the coffin down the hill on a bike, and someone offers to help.......I can hear my dad saying that ! its a must see film, in fact i'm going to watch it again this afternoon, absolutely brilliant !!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Sep 2005
Format: DVD
This film was a huge and very pleasant surprise to me - purchased in a hurry with a number of other DVD's to keep the kids quiet while on holiday we sat down to watch, I was half expecting an American Teen Movie as I'd only glanced at the cover and what I got was what should be a british classic in the same league as The Commitments, 4 weddings & a funeral, etc. Brilliantly scripted and beautifully filmed it did what any great movie should do - it made me laugh, it made me cry, it left a great lasting impression when it finished, and it made me wish the film was longer! This is definately a film that I could watch again and again!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Debra J Fuller on 13 Feb 2003
Format: DVD
I first saw this little gem on a long haul flight and had the crew and my family looking at me in utter disbelief as I laughed out loud!
It is hilarious...although you have to have a Welsh sense of humour (I do; and yes we do have one!)to see all the nuances of Welsh life.I love everything about this film...the gorgeous Rhys Ifans as a gay sweet shop owner was a treat,as was the scratch and sniff Bibles..."Jesus rode into Jerusalem on an ass...scratch here" Absolutely brilliant!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "paellataffy" on 29 Jun 2004
Format: VHS Tape
It's probably difficult for any Welsh person (particularly any Welsh Jonathan Pryce fan!) to avoid giving this movie 10 out of 10. Yes, okay, it's overly sentimental and Rachel Griffiths's accent tends to slip in and out of gear but there are some terrific (genuine) Welsh accents to enjoy and the central cabaret act (Hinge, Minge, Twinge, Fringe and Brackett) has to be seen to be believed, not to mention Pryce's Pavarotti impersonations. It's a number one favourite with the victims of the Welsh diaspora!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Maranach on 8 Mar 2007
Format: DVD
This film is hilarious, sensitive and exquisitely acted.

It is not weird, it's barely even quirky as long as you understand and can identify it within it's own context; The Welsh Valleys.

I myself have lived here for many years bringing up my family in a village not that dissimilar to Ogw, and therin lies the secret of this film; it's unerring accuracy. To anyone who knows Wales and knows the valleys the characters in this story are so endearingly relaistic that one finds oneself recognising people and identifying with one incident after another.

Yes Sara Sugarman is playing upon stereotypes here, but that is because they are stereotypes for a reason: because they're true! Rachel Griffiths puts in an outstanding performance as Annie Mary Pugh, and anyone who says that her accent detracts from the film is missing the point entirely. Besides; she doesn't sound like a New Zealander pretending to be Welsh, she sounds like she has a unique accent to go with her unique character - just like everyone else. The film is in English after all, not Welsh.

I watched this with local-born friends a few miles away from one of the set locations, and none of us felt that at any point was this film patronizing or that it suggested that life here/there is 20 or 30 years or so behind the times. I look out of my window and I see valleys just that green, shops with just that same panelling, a bread van and a Chapel community equally vibrant and a respect for the Eisteddfod that borders upon worship.

Do people really think that such great actors as Jonathan Pryce, Ruth Madoc, Ioan Griffiths and Matthew Rhys et al would sacrifice their integrity by all playing roles which cast a negative hue upon their heritage?

No. And they don't.

This film is sublime.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Feb 2006
Format: DVD
This is a great movie - one my boyfriend has kept mentioning but despite his reservations in case he had overstated it all four of us watching laughed and laughed.
We are going to have a re-run because there was so much going on that we missed.
The whole seems surreal at the same time as drawing on human characteristics & situations that we all recognise.
The colours and textures of the sets and costumes were rich and gave a wonderfully appreciative sense of life despite the difficulties the area and characters faced.
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