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Quirky comedy thriller directed by Hal Hartley. Isabelle Huppert plays a nyphomaniac ex-nun pornographer who's never had sex but falls in love with Thomas (Martin Donovan), an amnesiac pornographer who is on the run from Holland after ripping off some corporate clients. Meanwhile his wife Sofia (Elina Lowensöhn) is in New York escaping from her husband and seeking help from a homicidal accountant.
Top Customer Reviews
After a quite long delay for the disc to get to the menu, I could not believe my eyes when I saw how good even the menu looked. The film itself in 1080p looks absolutely stunning. Either a well preserved print or some restoration has taken place. If you told someone it was a secretly released criterion Blu-ray, they would believe you, (viewed from around 12' away on a 65" plasma).
The sound is perfect in pcm stereo, exactly how it should be, nothing too fancy. The great music comes across well.
The only downside (for some) will be no subtitles or any new extra features. Well, subtitles should have been included for those hard of hearing, but extra features? films like this stand on their own and in some ways I feel are better without any at all. The same way some of the best singers/bands are totally uninteresting to listen to (until they perform).
If you have never seen this film I urge you to give it a try, forget the special effects laden blockbusters, this is proper independent film making, with a wonderful multi national cast.
I look forward soon to (hopefully) releases of other films of the era like Atom Egoyan's The Adjuster.
This review is not intended to discuss the actual film as by now it will have both its supporters and detractors and entering into those conflicts is not the purpose of the review.which is aimed squarely at the supporters of his unique style and this film in particular.
Therefore for all of those who are keen supporters of this film and who have bought the previous DVD version of this disc, the only issue of vital importance will be whether the Blu-ray offers an improvement technically sufficient to justify the additional expense.
For this reviewer the answer is a clear affirmative. The upgrade offers a clear advance on both image and audio quality with the imaging being a marked improvement. The colours are firmer and there is an increase to the perceived depth of the imaging. The whole film simply becomes more 'real.' The film, which is so concerned with close characterisation, benefits considerably from this enhancement of reality even if that is not likely to be a real reality - at least one hopes not!
The degree of improvement will also inevitably depend on the replay equipment used. The screen, an important factor in visual products, is of moderate dimensions being a 40 inch television screen. However, the television is a high performing 4K unit which delivers a compensating positive effect.Read more ›
The plot skirts around corrupt corporate activity that threatens to bring down a mystery business Mogul if discovered. Sprinkled in are sub-plots about the main characters, who all become involved in some way or another with the bad guys. Our characters all carry sizeable emotional baggage too; a Stunning French ex-porn actress desperate for revenge, an unshaven hack-lawyer hunted by the corporates he betrayed, an ex-nun virgin-nymphomaniac desperate to find the right man and an amnesiac
Gradually discovering his unsavoury past after waking 2 stories lower than he last remembered, on a bed of cobbles, broken glass and blood.
The storyline kept my interest right up until the end of the film, with a top secret floppy disk, torture by electric shock, shootings, chase in Grand Central Station (I think) and a head honcho only ever heard on the telephone, by which time I found myself genuinely interested in what happened to the characters and itching to find out just what the amnesiac had done in his past and how much he would or wouldn't change once he realised.
As with directors like the Coen Brothers the lives, quirks and personalities of the characters make up a big part of the film. Part of its charm - and the reason blockbuster lovers will hate it - is that the film uses this to tell the story rather than spelling out exactly what's going on with plot related
dialogue in an A-B-C fashion.Read more ›
- Will you sleep with me? I am a nymphomaniac.
- How many men have you slept with?
- How can you be a nymphomaniac if you have not slept with anyone?
- I am choosy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There is a plot trying to get out, but I found the direction, production and script poor.Published 7 months ago by Brojofish
Excellent film. Great thriller with crazy characters, emotions&physicality. The best of Hal Hartley.Published 15 months ago by jo austin
This is great piece of independent filmaking. I've been trying for ages to get it on DVD and so pleased to have now done so.Published 18 months ago by Kim White
After all These years I still like Hartley's film very much. However, what a pitty that arificial eye doesn't take care to include much better extras.Published on 17 Aug. 2013 by Manuel Sanchez