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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't listen to Americans., 19 Feb. 2006
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This review is from: Le Clan [2004] [DVD] (DVD)
Reading the reviews of this film on Amazon.com, the imdb and various other american-dominated arenas, you will see it described as 'a crime against celluloid' and the oh-so-elegant phrase 'it sucked'.
Having seen the film I can't believe they're talking about the same one I saw, because this film is very good. A lyrical, sexy and moving portrayal of working class masculinity in the foothills of southern France. The film presents three sections each dominated by one brother. In the first, Marc is presented as a drug-dealing thug on a path of self-destruction. The second presents Chistophe getting his life back on track after being released from prison. The third deals with Olivier, who rejects the world of crime that seduced his brothers and embarks instead on a passionate love affair with one of Marc's friends.
Compared to Morel's impressive earlier film 'A toute vitesse', 'le Clan' is less plot based and more concerned with character development. It has clearly been made for people of above average intelligence.
In conclusion, don't pay attention to the negative reviews. See this film and judge for yourself.
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Initial post: 3 Jan 2009 14:15:06 GMT
M speaks a world of sense and Americans always seem disturbringly in awe of their own productions while bashing others, yet music and gay cinema has always been consistently WAY ahead of the Americans always. Confirmation of their limited, narrow-minded and smug self-love to the exclusion of all other nations is their ongoing dislike and completely innaccurate receivership of the brill Brit acts they do get in comparison with their own rubbish-i.e Madonna, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Bon Jovi, oh dear! Back to this film, and don't worry M, I always intended to see this and regrading independent movies, esp non-US ones, I always insist no other (bad) opinion counts until I have seen it myself-that it's only mine that does, bad or not! Nice one, you're so completely on the money. Crime against celluloid? No that would be Magnolia, From Dusk 'Til Dawn, most evil dead 'zombie' movies, American Pie, all that rubbish, all from the US I notice. And I'd include The Sixth Sense seeing as that kind of film making is killing the horror industry along with dumb slashers and let's 'eat each other zombies'. Yawn!

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Oct 2009 14:18:12 BDT
David Bret says:
Americans think they are good at this--a point in question being the negative reviews amazon.com "clients" give to my books as opposed to the usually more positive British ones. This is because they have no taste, and they hate being told that they are wrong. It's a GREAT film, so just ignore them! And yes, compare the talent WE and Europe have in all aspects of the media, with some of the dross they churn out!
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