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|Format||Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen|
|Contributor||Fabienne Chaudat, Olivier Dazat, Julie Durand, Jean-Marie Dreujou, Jacques Spiesser, Julie Gayet, Jérôme Tonnerre, Jacques Mathou, Marc Missonnier, Dany Boon, Eric Jehelmann, Daniel Auteuil, Elizabeth Bourgine, Philippe du Janerand, Marie Pillet, Henri Garcin, Jean-François Kopf, Olivier Delbosc, Patrice Leconte See more|
|Runtime||1 hour and 34 minutes|
Francois is a middled-aged antique dealer. He has a stylish apartment and fabulous life, but at a dinner with a group he considers his dearest acquaintances, he is blindsided by the revelation that none of them actually likes him. He's arrogant, self-centered and harsh, and they don't believe he knows the meaning of friendship. His business partner Catherine makes him a bet: if he can produce his best friend, she will let him keep the massive Greek vase he acquired that afternoon on the company tab. If not, it's hers. (IFC Films)
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 2.88 Ounces
- Item model number : IFC80539DVD
- Director : Patrice Leconte
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 34 minutes
- Release date : October 16, 2007
- Actors : Daniel Auteuil, Dany Boon, Julie Gayet, Julie Durand, Jacques Mathou
- Subtitles: : English
- Producers : Eric Jehelmann, Marc Missonnier, Olivier Delbosc
- Language : Unqualified
- Studio : Ifc
- ASIN : B000UAE7MM
- Writers : Jérôme Tonnerre, Olivier Dazat, Patrice Leconte
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #122,888 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Reviewed in the United States on July 28, 2007
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I give this a 3 out of 5, because of one glitch throughout the movie, and my opinion on the way it ended. If not for the glitches, I'd give this a solid 4. Its worth watching regardless.
Essentially (without spoilers), its a story about two teens around the same age with very different personality types/family experiences who end up developing a unique relationship together. That being said, I never truly got the impression that they considered each other "best friends".
I liked the way each character was portrayed, and were generally extremely believable and realistic. There were no drastically cinematic moments copied right out of a fantasy book. The characters hinted at having issues they were currently facing or would possibly face in the future to begin resolving, and those issues reflected in their personalities. Their relationship was a bit awkward, but worked. Based on my own experiences with friendship as a teen, I thought it was pretty accurate. I was hoping their relationship would be fleshed out a bit more, but by the time things start to happen, the movie ends.
2 issues I had were: the ending, and the subtitles.
The movie told a familiar-yet-different story, which I enjoyed, but the ending was pretty cliche and a straight up "cliff hanger" (by this I mean it simply did not feel complete. There was no closure or even a hint at life after the events in the movie... It just cut the screen to black.)
And as for the subtitles, I understand it's a Spanish speaking movie, so subtitles are essential for those of us who don't really speak the language. The subtitles are automatic and you cannot "opt" to take them away, which is a little weird, but fine, but the main issue is the failure to correct the misspelled/typo'd names. Some of the names (including one of the two main characters, so his name is ALWAYS appearing) may have included diacritic(accent) marks when originally typed out, but the subtitles in the movie did not display them correctly, and only showed a butchered name with weird symbols in them. I really think if you're going to make the subtitles permanent, you should take the time to see if they are being portrayed without error. (Again, one of the main characters who's name is mentioned a lot has his name butchered throughout the whole movie). It takes away from the experience. For a movie that's release was delayed for about 2 months... I feel like this issue SHOULD have been caught before distribution...
Overall, a good movie. I think you call these types "A slice of Life". I wish the story was stretched a bit longer though.
I can't emphasise enough how universal this story is -- this is not a "gay" movie -- it is a movie about all of us. You know the truth as it pours out of the story, the characters and the growing pains that we all have felt. You will feel this one in your gut. And if you are the kind of wuss who can't watch a film because it's subtitled and you might have to read a little, grow a pair and watch this one this because it's worth it.
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I can only expect that the future for these young actors are very well placed for success - wonderful performances from such young people.
At the time of writing Amazon has accurately summarized this film in its usual Description -accessed by scrolling down from the highlighted image of the dvd cover - BUT be warned that in this case amongst the reviews are some which have nothing to do with this film.
Please could Amazon take appropriate action to correct this.
The only reason I have withheld a fifth star (my preferred four and a half isn't possible) is to dampen the expectations that top marks invariably create, in this instance especially in those whom low key comedy usually disappoints.
I enjoyed this film hugely.