- Format: Import
- Subtitles: French, Dutch
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: A-Film
- Run Time: 102.00 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B001SNXUXW
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 636,635 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Niederlande Edition, PAL/Region 2 DVD: TON: Englisch ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Englisch ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Französisch ( Untertitel ), Holländisch ( Untertitel ), BONUSMATERIAL: Szene Zugang, Wechselwirkendes Menü, SYNOPSIS: Nach dem Tod der Eltern leben vier Geschwister auf sich allein gestellt in einem abgelegenen Haus - mit der Leiche der Mutter im Keller. Machtkämpfe und erotische Anziehung zwischen den beiden Ältesten spitzen sich zu. Mit dem Eindringen eines Fremden zerbricht der auf Zärtlichkeit und seelischer Gewalt gründende Zusammenhalt. Eine düstere Geschichte um Pubertät und Geschwisterliebe, Inzest und Tod. Anfangs eher sprunghaft inszeniert, gewinnt der Film in der Folge durch die einfühlsame Darstellung und aussagekräftige Bilder. SCREENING/VERGEBEN IN: Berlin Internationales Film-Festival, Camerimage Preise, ...Der Zementgarten / The Cement Garden (NL)
Top Customer Reviews
For a start it features excellent actors including Sinead Cusack who expertly plays the mother, but the real stars of this film are the children: Jack, Julie, Sue and Tom with Jack played by Andrew Robertson and Julie played by Charlotte Gainsbourg both being the main focus of the film and who are both incredibly photogenic and simply steal the show proving what fantastically accomplished young actors they really are.
Then there's the films musical score which is absolutely astounding, it's haunting for the best part of the film and tears at your heartstrings at times but it simply oozes atmosphere throughout and just adds to the overall surreal effect of this movie and is the best orchestrated score I have ever heard.
Then there's the film itself, which will be familiar if you've read the book, it's commonly thought to be set during the long hot summer of 1976, hottest summer on record being mentioned during the course of the movie but the fashions/styles are more of a 1960's/1970's pastiche. But this is of course a movie for adults and justifies it's 18 rating as it does contain a few shock moments, most notably the ending which although breaks a taboo is handled quite beautifully.Read more ›
I would say that there are some subtle differences in the storyline from book to DVD but they really do not matter as the DVD is as dark as the book and as enjoyable.
The story revolves around the death of the parents of a family leaving the two eldest to manage the family and keep it together, in fear of the youngsters being put into care since they have no adult guardians. The DVD treats the subject with a lot of emotion and tension. The sexual tension in the film can be cut by a knife, especially at my favourite part where there is a birthday party.
The story is believable, though the location of the house in the middle of nowhere is a bit far fetched (especially since I know the film was made in Beckton east London!!) but overall a real classic and well worth buying.
This is a very claustrophobic film - one location for almost the whole story, as four orphaned children, having lost their mother, bury her themselves in an attempt to avoid the fate of being split up and having the younger ones taken into care. The relationships are deftly drawn between the four, although the younger girl is slightly sketchy. But the central thread concerns the dawning relationship between the two oldest, Jack (Andrew Robertson) and Julie (Gainsbourg). They start, while the parents are alive, in competition; Jack is particularly concerned to share responsibility and not to have Julie left "in charge", but as they are forced to assume the parental role for the young ones, they mimic a married relationship; Tom the cross-dresser when he dresses up plays at Jack-and-Julie, but Jack and Julie are also playing mummy and daddy. The game becomes more real as their private world is threatened by the arrival of Derek, chasing Julie. When they finally come to consummation, it happens so naturally, so inevitably, that any shock value is dissipated. We see Derek's disgust from Jack and Julie's point of view, and the final image of the film, the blue police light flashing over the two young naked bodies, is tragic not prurient.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very different and strange subject to film, but, given a degree of understanding, good Cinema.Published 19 months ago by George A. Nott
I already have the previous DVD by VCI which is framed at 4.3 aspect ratio. I have just watched the Arrow Films DVD (2008) release Which is framed at something like 1. Read morePublished 20 months ago by John McAngus
As usual, Ian McEwan’s cloaca mind cannot integrate his excremental ideas into a coherent story. He describes the world – accurately – but never analyses this world. Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 2015 by Robert BUCKNOR