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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic blier
From the stark first scene in the subway at la defense to the equally cold winter countryside of france, blier shows us a less than saccharine version of his native country. The central character is the only warm person and though flawed, remains a pawn in the calculating game played by the lustrous carole bouquet, fresh from bunuel's "that obscure object of desire"...
Published on 8 Aug 2004

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1.0 out of 5 stars Why one Earth, does Bertrand Blier hate women so much?
If you watch any film of Bertrand Blier, there is hate of women lurking in some corner. I feel he should see a psychiatrist rather than inflict on us his torments and neuroses.
Published on 18 May 2011 by T. Ferrero


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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic blier, 8 Aug 2004
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From the stark first scene in the subway at la defense to the equally cold winter countryside of france, blier shows us a less than saccharine version of his native country. The central character is the only warm person and though flawed, remains a pawn in the calculating game played by the lustrous carole bouquet, fresh from bunuel's "that obscure object of desire".
Quirky blier humour abounds, more of which can be sampled in "tenue de soiree", and depardieu tries to negotiate the kafka-esque plot with his trademark passionate performance.
The film sets the scene for the next decade of french arthouse cinema with a departure from narrative and structure in which blier eventually excelled.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Playful, hyper-black comedy of ideas, 10 Oct 2012
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K. Gordon - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Buffet Froid [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Reviled by many critics, loved by a solid minority, I ended up in
between, but leaning more towards the positive.

This is odd absurdist fun. But the key word is fun. It doesn't
feel "good for you", or like a stern lecture on the moral emptiness of
modern life. Blier is too goofy for that. So, yes, he comments on how
violence has taken over our urban world, how isolated we all are, etc.
But he makes you laugh in the process, with sometimes almost 'Three
Stooges' like levels of silliness. 'Little Murders' comes to mind, but
I enjoyed this more.

Yes, it gets repetitive at moments, but the acting (Gerard Depardieu,
Bernard Blier, Jean Carmet) is very good, the look (which echoes - I
think intentionally - the cold, sharp modern world of 'Clockwork
Orange') is terrific, and for every scene that doesn't work, there are
a couple that do. Is this great, important film-making? Probably not.
But I'd sure as hell rather watch this sort of playful, hyper black
comedy of ideas than most of what comes out of Hollywood these days.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Playful, hyper-black comedy of ideas, 10 Oct 2012
By 
K. Gordon - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Buffet Froid [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Reviled by many critics, loved by a solid minority, I ended up in
between, but leaning more towards the positive.

This is odd absurdist fun. But the key word is fun. It doesn't
feel "good for you", or like a stern lecture on the moral emptiness of
modern life. Blier is too goofy for that. So, yes, he comments on how
violence has taken over our urban world, how isolated we all are, etc.
But he makes you laugh in the process, with sometimes almost 'Three
Stooges' like levels of silliness. 'Little Murders' comes to mind, but
I enjoyed this more.

Yes, it gets repetitive at moments, but the acting (Gerard Depardieu,
Bernard Blier, Jean Carmet) is very good, the look (which echoes - I
think intentionally - the cold, sharp modern world of 'Clockwork
Orange') is terrific, and for every scene that doesn't work, there are
a couple that do. Is this great, important film-making? Probably not.
But I'd sure as hell rather watch this sort of playful, hyper black
comedy of ideas than most of what comes out of Hollywood these days,
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4.0 out of 5 stars Playful, hyper-black comedy of ideas, 10 Oct 2012
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K. Gordon - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Buffet Froid [DVD] (DVD)
Reviled by many critics, loved by a solid minority, I ended up in
between, but leaning more towards the positive.

This is odd absurdist fun . But the key word is fun. It doesn't
feel "good for you", or like a stern lecture on the moral emptiness of
modern life. Blier is too goofy for that. So, yes, he comments on how
violence has taken over our urban world, how isolated we all are, etc.
But he makes you laugh in the process, with sometimes almost 'Three
Stooges' like levels of silliness. 'Little Murders' comes to mind, but
I enjoyed this more.

Yes, it gets repetitive at moments, but the acting (Gerard Depardieu,
Bernard Blier, Jean Carmet) is very good, the look (which echoes - I
think intentionally - the cold, sharp modern world of 'Clockwork
Orange') is terrific, and for every scene that doesn't work, there are
a couple that do. Is this great, important film-making? Probably not.
But I'd sure as hell rather watch this sort of playful, hyper black
comedy of ideas than most of what comes out of Hollywood these days,
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why one Earth, does Bertrand Blier hate women so much?, 18 May 2011
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T. Ferrero (uk) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Buffet Froid [DVD] (DVD)
If you watch any film of Bertrand Blier, there is hate of women lurking in some corner. I feel he should see a psychiatrist rather than inflict on us his torments and neuroses.
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4 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I'LL have a gram of what they're on...., 26 May 2006
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J. Harrison (Brighton, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Buffet Froid [DVD] (DVD)
I bought this film.

I watched this film.

So now you'd like to know what it's about....

Well JOIN THE CLUB !!!

I haven't been this confused over the plot since Bobby Ewing woke up and realised he had dreamed the last two seasons of Dallas !

Please buy this film. I'm begging for the love of GOD!, someone buy this film. Then email me and tell me what the heck it is about.
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