Comedie De I'innocence (Comedy of Innocence) [DVD] (2000)
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DVD Special Features:
Interview with Isabelle Huppert and Jeanne Balibar
French with English subtitles
Dolby Digital 2.0
Enhanced for widescreen TVs
From the Back Cover
On the day of his ninth birthday, Camille announces to his mother, Ariane (Isabelle Huppert) that he wants to go home to his 'real' mother. Realising that her son isn't playing games, Ariane agrees to take Camille to an address he gives her, an apartment on the far side of Paris she doesn't know. There lives an enigmatic woman called Isabella (Jeanne Balibar), whose own son, born the same time as Camille, drowned two tears ago. Ariane looks helplessly on as Camille throws himself into Isabella's waiting arms Huppert (The Piano Teacher) and Balibar (Va Savoir) are both outstanding as the competing mothers in Raoul Ruiz's eerie and engrossing mystery which blurs the boundaries between psychological thriller and ghost story.
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The cinematography makes clever use of the young boy’s obsession with his video camera, which eventually becomes a key factor in the outcome. But not before the characters of the leading ladies are exploited to their full potential.Read more ›
It is a silent thriller of the mind, and you are captivated by the strangeness of it.
Arianne (Isabelle Huppert) is his mother, she's a nervous woman who suffers from asthma and is a bit of a dreamer, she loves designing for the theatre. Laurence, the father works in psychology and takes care of people in the home, and there's Serge, Arianne's brother who's a bit strange to say the least.
They come to meet Isabella (Jeanne Balibar, who looks a bit like Jennifer Tilly?) who claims she's Camille's mother, but with her having strange turns, is she creditable?
Comédie de l'innocence is a bizarre movie which sort of tries to be thrilling, but for me it just didn't get deep enough - yes, it was strange that Isabella was getting involved in the family, but she didn't seem much of a threat to the family, which surprised me, but I found very clever by writer Massimo Bontempelli, as Hollywood would love us to believe that most abductors and kidnappers are dangerous people waving a revolver around at the parents, but this was much more lighter, more reserved - and probably more real - I can see the truth of the matter, it must happen quite often in society, making it a bit more believable than films like Rush Hour where they kidnap the child for monetary reasons.
Isabelle Huppert is magnificent in this and really shines - though I thought little Nils Hugon was just as good, and I think he's got a future in French cinema.
The extras are not good, you get a trailer and interviews, but nothing else.Read more ›
Two stars, however, go to the musical score. It's magnificent! Had this been anything less I'd have most likely
given up on CDL half way through. Pity, as I expected much of this film, taking into account the starstudded French cast advertised on the cover. Sorry to say it didn't live up to its expectation.