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À nos amours [Blu-ray]
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France released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( DTS-HD Master Audio ), French ( Mono ), English ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.66:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Blu-Ray & DVD Combo, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Documentary, Interactive Menu, Remastered, Scene Access, Special Edition, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: A portrait of youth in bloom; a tale of one family's dissolution; a reflection upon the danger and the mystery in living. Maurice Pialat's serene, perilous masterwork provides the movie romance a definitive check and eminently deceptive balance - the X scratched on top of the O. In one of the astonishing film debuts, Sandrine Bonnaire plays Suzanne, a free spirit and the vessel for an almost Brontëan choler. She's 16, and men exist - diverse lovers, an overbearing brother, and the father portrayed by Pialat himself in an unforgettable turn that displays the full magnitude of the cinema giant's tenderness, force-of-will, and presence of being. Woven through with indelible images and heart-stopping moments (and culminating in the infamous 'dinner party scene'), A nos amours. [To Our Romance. / Here's to Love.] is a pure creation, a film that will live so long as there's still either movies or love. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Berlin International Film Festival, Ceasar Awards, ...To Our Loves ( À nos amours ) ( To Our Romance (Suzanne) ) (Blu-Ray & DVD Combo) (Blu-Ray)
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The film quality is excellent: in some scenes I noticed details for the first time simply because of the high standard of the picture.
Altogether highly recommended for anyone who is interested in Pialat's groundbreaking contribution to cinema, or even to those who just want to see a good film which has not become dated. If you are irritated by Jean-Luc Godard's style (Prenom:Carmen was made in the same year), you may be relieved to know that "A nos Amours" at least follows a chronological path, even if there are sometimes some major jumps which the viewer has to work out for him or herself.
It goes without saying that Sandrine Bonnaire dominates the screen from beginning to end and demonstrates that great actors seem to be born, not made. And the famous scene near the end, where Pialat, as the father, returns to surprise not only the screen family but also the actors who thought they were going to hear the news of his death - chapeau!
As this is not a mainstream film, you should not hesitate too long: the original French 2-DVD version is no longer available (as far as I know) and who knows if this edition will be on sale for long?
If you like French films...are interested in French Film Makers this is a must. I did think when I first saw this film Bonnaire would go far in the Film Industry. She has of course since directed and written films, and become a recognised contributor to World Cinema.
This is the second film that I've seen directed by French master Maurice Pialat, the other being the excellent L'Enfance Nue. They are both similar films in terms of themes and execution, and tell the familiar coming-of-age story from an original perspective. Whereas the former was a sledgehammer portrayal of a young juvenile causing havoc amongst the various foster homes he was placed, where redemption never seems possible, A Nos Amours' Suzanne is a more sympathetic lead character, and her journey is portrayed in a more subtle manner. While it would be shocking to hear of a 15 year old girl bedding a number of men, Pialat is more focused on what drives her to act this way.
She is not a tease, and she doesn't flaunt her body to anyone who will look. Instead, she seems to simply enjoy the comfort of a man. When the father moves away, her home life falls apart and her bed-mates increase. Perhaps Pialat is trying to portray the impact an absent father can have on a child, or that all women need comforting every once in a while. Or maybe this is an individual character study, with no overriding message. What it most definitely is, though, is a wonderfully acted (especially from the young Bonnaire), intelligent, and intriguing film that has Pialat's usual cold detachment alongside a certain intimacy with the lead character.
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But the one big disappointment I have is there is English subtitles for the feature film, but not for any of the extras.Published 5 months ago by David Goodall