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Comedie De I'innocence (Comedy of Innocence) [DVD] (2000)

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  • Actors: Isabelle Huppert, Jeanne Balibar, Charles Berling, Edith Scob, Nils Hugon
  • Directors: Raoul Ruiz
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Sept. 2002
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006BT8N
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,158 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features:

Production Notes
Theatrical Trailer
Interview with Isabelle Huppert and Jeanne Balibar
French with English subtitles
Dolby Digital 2.0
Enhanced for widescreen TVs

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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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By A Customer on 17 Mar. 2004
Format: DVD
Another masterpiece by Chilean director Raoul Ruiz, who also worked jointly on the screenplay. But one would expect nothing less from someone of his long-standing experience in the film business. Being set in Paris, I had expected to see traditional Parisian scenes a la Amelie. If this is what you’re after, you’ll be disappointed, as most of the action takes place in an elegant Parisian town house, a park and on a Barge (although you do glimpse the river Seine in these scenes). However, that does not detract from the cinematography which draws one, seemingly effortlessly, into the eeriness of the situation. The storyline is bizarre but somehow instantly believable. Nils Hugon plays a convincing Camille, a nine-year-old boy who announces to his mother on his birthday that he is in fact someone else’s son. His mother Ariane, brilliantly portrayed by Isabelle Huppert, goes along with this, believing that this out of character behaviour is some means of childhood rebellion, and to humour her son would be the best course of action. She agrees to accompany him to an address in an area of Paris she believes to be unknown to them both, only to be confronted on their arrival, with a mother and child reunion which sends her into instant panic. And so the story unfolds; Jeanne Balibar gives an outstanding performance as Isabellla, a single girl who two years previously had lost her own son in a tragic boating accident, and who now believes he has returned to her.
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.
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But worth seeing. The French have a trick or two in their film making, that you never find in American or English movies.
It is a silent thriller of the mind, and you are captivated by the strangeness of it.
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By DL Productions UK VINE VOICE on 10 Aug. 2009
Format: DVD
Nils Hugon is Camille, a young boy who's fascinated with video, and loves to film anything he sees. He's also a bit of a fantasist, and really doesn't have much of a childhood, with quite strict parents who won't let him play with toys, so he plays with his video camera instead.

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.
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'Comedie De L'innocence'. Drama? Thriller? Horror? Certainly no comedy and innocence is a long way off. I saw wooden characters interacting in a bizarre and detached way. The opening scene should have warned me off. It depicts a birhtday party for 8 (or 9) year old Camille. No balloons, streamers, pop, crisps and what have you. Mum, dad and Camille sit around perfectly laid table and enjoy posh 'patisserie' and champagne, while Camille licks his plate and is told off by ice queen Isabelle Hupert. She adresses the child like you would an adult. During the 99 minutes CDL takes, Camille changes mothers, changes back again, talks to imaginative friends, of which one materialises by entering and leaving the house through a window. Camille finds himself almost being dropped into the river Seine by a mate of mother 2. Never a voice is raised nor violent language used. One might say it's completely devoid of emotion. This is probably why I needed to catch up time after time, after having fallen asleep.
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.
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