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Conversations With My Gardener [DVD] [2007]
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on 10 August 2013
Great film Great writing great actors it was all very very great. I'd do it all again exactly the same. Unlike my syntax
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on 11 May 2013
A film that stays with you for ever, a little like Untouchables, very moving. Excellent film! I would watch it again.
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on 14 June 2014
Daniel Auteuil as always excells and it is a lovely french pastoral witty film. The friend and gardener is so french.
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on 28 February 2014
A delightful little story that the French excel in. Ideal for a Sunday afternoon in the winter. Worth a look.
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on 13 January 2014
I loved it but don't want to write seven teen more words and will not be bullied into it by technology.
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on 27 December 2013
A really nice film, l found it very moving and thoughtful. I'll watch it again. Glad l bought the DVD.
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on 13 January 2015
Speedy delivery - wonderful film; sit down, take time out and just enjoy.
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on 28 September 2014
A wonderful story and a beautiful film. Thank you.
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on 17 October 2014
Very enjoyable. Brilliant acting and direction.
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on 29 March 2012
I'd been looking forward to this for a long time. Daniel Auteuil, along with Gerard Depardieu, are for me the finest actors of my generation and they never disappoint. Watch Auteuil in Un Coeur en Hiver for a masterclass in understatement and emotional truth. Jean-Pierre Darroussin is one of the few French actors who can match him on screen; and in Conversations with my Gardener, perhaps because he has the better role, I think Darroussin quietly steals the honours. I'd love to see what Auteuil could have done with the part. He doesn't do anything here that he hasn't done elsewhere, and he's never really stretched. The film starts wonderfully with a very slow establishing shot of the countryside until Darroussin enters the frame on his worn out moped. Jean Becker has always been a director in the mould of Renoir and I immediately felt in safe hands. The first mis-step and misjudgement comes early on though with the introduction of Auteuil as a jazz playing city-type down from Paris. The mood is broken; we're told rather than shown, and a huge cliche intrudes. From here on the pacing isn't quite right, the camera doesn't quite linger enough and there is rather too much dialogue, some of which borders on the obvious and the trite. Scene changes are too quick, too episodic, and the relationship between the two men doesn't grow naturally or slowly enough. The fishing metaphor is too well worn to be convincing and the very fine talent of Hiam Abbass, playing Darroussin's wife, is wasted. She is a beautiful screen presence and more could have been made of her character towards the end. Instead we are left with little more than an 'Algerian shadow' to the edge of screen, and it faintly suggests a politics that is surely not intentional. Perhaps I need to check out the original source novel. All that apart, it's a film that can reward repeated viewings and you still have two of the finest actors in the world in a warm and affectionate tale of male friendship. It's just a pity that its potential wasn't quite realised, as it could arguably have been another Jean de Florette or Manon des Source.
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