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16 items from 2011


Mark Kermode's DVD round-up

29 October 2011 4:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Princess of Montpensier; The Tree of Life; The Way; X-Men: First Class; Everything Must Go

It would be easy to dismiss The Princess of Montpensier (2010, Studiocanal, 15) as little more than a handsomely appointed costume drama, with its period setting, romping horses, masked balls, dashing duels and lush scenic detours through leafy woods and remote castles. Yet 70-year-old director Bertrand Tavernier's vibrant adaptation of Madame de La Fayette's 1662 romance is a deceptively seductive affair which discreetly addresses issues of class, gender, religion and honour with wit, verve and ease.

Mélanie Thierry is Marie de Mézières, the eponymous heroine with an undying passion for the earthy Duc de Guise (Gaspard Ulliel), who finds herself bartered into a marriage of convenience with the woefully reliable Prince de Montpensier (Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet). While her unloved husband is away fighting the Huguenots for Charles IX, it falls to Lambert Wilson's tortured Comte »

- Mark Kermode

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New this Week: ‘The Big Year,’ ‘The Thing’ and ‘The Tree of Life (DVD)’

12 October 2011 6:00 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

The Big YearOwen WilsonJack BlackSteve Martin

FootlooseKenny WormaldJulianne HoughDennis Quaid

The Thing - Mary Elizabeth WinsteadJoel EdgertonUlrich Thomsen

Movie of the Week

The Big Year

The Stars: Owen WilsonJack BlackSteve Martin

The Plot: Three avid bird watchers compete to spot the rarest birds in North America at a prestigious annual event.

The Buzz: I was completely unaware of this film until about two weeks ago, when I first saw the trailer. Seems it snuck up on everyone, as there hasn’t been much buzz about it at all. Owen Wilson, Jack Black and Steve Martin are all, of course, potential of amazing comedy cinema, and it’ll be interest to see how the three play off of each other. If the script is good, these three guys will do it justice. I’m »

- Aaron Ruffcorn

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Exclusive: Princess Of Montpensier Clip

27 June 2011 1:49 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Well, powder our wigs if it isn't a slice of superbe costumed drama to add some Gallic elan to a damp Friday afternoon. The Princess Of Montpensier is a rollicking adventure that wafts a disdainful glove in the face of the nearest musketeer, and we've got a new clip to offer a taster.Montpensier is set during the Wars of Religion that saw France's Protestant Hugenots and, er, Catholic Catholics drown the middle part of the 16th century in copious amounts of blood. Fans of La Reine Margot will testify that it wasn't an especially happy time for the Hugenots, and this time they're on the receiving end of the Prince of Montpensier's (Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet) attentions. He's away fighting while his beautiful wife (Mélanie Thierry) pines for another man in a remote castle under the close supervision of the lusty Duke of Anjou (Raphaël Personnaz) and her tutor. And you »

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DVD Review: ‘The Beautiful Person’ Offers French Take on Teenage Drama

18 May 2011 10:07 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Léa Seydoux is blessed with the sort of face that appears to convey a thousand different emotions without ever having to move a muscle. Her smile is beautiful but it almost feels like an intrusion, breaking the exquisite mystery of her passive, brooding expressions. Much has been written about her resemblance to Godard’s muse, Anna Karina, which perhaps inspired New Wave successor Christophe Honoré to direct her in this evocative drama.

La belle personne” (a.k.a. “The Beautiful Person”) could’ve easily been made in the ’60s. Within the walls of its claustrophobic school, hormonal urges and repressed desires materialize in the form of pointed glances and scribbled notes as opposed to Facebook posts. Gossip is spread the old fashioned way, without the assistance of a Twitter feed. Body language emerges as the primary tool of communication. When a tight embrace is mistaken for a kiss, it can lead to devastating consequences. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Netflix Nuggets: Beautiful Ninja Elephants in Stone Boats

16 May 2011 9:30 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Netflix has revolutionized the home movie experience for fans of film with its instant streaming technology. Netflix Nuggets is my way of spreading the word about independent, classic and foreign films made available by Netflix for instant streaming.

The Beautiful Person (2008)

Streaming Available: 05/17/2011

Synopsis: After transferring to a new high school, beautiful Junie (Léa Seydoux) starts dating fellow student Otto (Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet), but she soon finds herself falling for Nemours (Louis Garrel), an Italian teacher already entangled in secret affairs with a pupil and colleague. Loosely based on Madame de Lafayette’s novel La Princesse de Clèves, this French drama explores the great pain that often accompanies love.

Average Netflix rating: 3.2 Araya (1959)

Streaming Available: 05/17/2011

Synopsis: Director Margot Benacerraf offers this acclaimed 1959 film that chronicles the harsh existence of Venezuelan laborers who manually recover salt from the tropical marshes in Araya, an ancient salt-producing region in that country.

Average Netflix rating: 3.3 Red, »

- Travis Keune

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[DVD Review] Black Heaven

25 April 2011 7:17 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

It’s been 7 years since Facebook launched, and 8 for Second Life, but if Black Heaven (The Other World in its original French) is to be believed, the internet is still a shadowy and lawless place where angels fear to tread, and predatory social clubs exploit the naive fantasies of the unindoctrinated. Drawing in equal measure on Hitchcockian voyeurism and modern narratives of temptation like Wall Street, Heaven constructs a largely familiar world in which the bored are led away from their boring lives into the netherworld of online role playing games, although it’s hard to see how that could be new and unfamiliar to anyone by now. But instead of constructing an analogy for the increasing virtualization of modern life, Black Heaven keeps its implications safe enough to not alienate who still refuses to have an email address. Black Heaven may push its characters to the edge, but it »

- Anders Nelson

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"The Princess of Montpensier," "Imperialists!," More

18 April 2011 8:31 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"The finest Western you'll see this year is set in aristocratic 16th-century France, in the heat of Counter-Reformation," declares Nick Pinkerton. Segueing into his interview with Bertrand Tavernier, Aaron Hillis, also in the Voice, sums up the gist of The Princess of Montpensier: "Adapted from Madame de la Fayette's classic novel, the film concerns a nubile, wealthy heiress (Mélanie Thierry) who loves a rugged hothead from the wrong clan (Gaspard Ulliel), but is forced by her father to marry another prince (Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet), leaving her to dwell on the too-modern desire for free will — defiantly bucking against the rigid traditions of her breed." Back to Pinkerton: "The setting always serves the performers rather than vice versa — though the film is also greatly enhanced by the costuming, the rugged French countryside photographed in outdoor-adventure CinemaScope, and Philippe Sarde's baroque-tribal score, its martial and romantic poles matching a tale of »

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The Princess of Montpensier

15 April 2011 2:00 PM, PDT | Pastemagazine.com | See recent PasteMagazine news »

Director: Bertrand Tavernier Writers: Jean Cosmos, François-Olivier Rousseau, Bertrand Tavernier Cinematographer: Bruno de Keyzer Stars: Mélanie Thierry, Christopher Lambert, Raphaël Personnaz, Gaspard Ulliel, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet Studio/Running Time: IFC Films, 139 min. Period romances may not be a genre as popular as horror flicks or westerns, but despite the stuffiness that its name implies, perfectly well-executed ones need not be boring. At least that’s the case with Bertrand Tavernier’s Princess of Montpensier, set during 16th-century France’s endless civil wars and unsurprisingly focusing on various aristocrats aiming to sleep with the titular princess. Aside from her husband this includes her childhood »

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Weekend Preview: Indie & Foreign Films to See: Princess of Montpensier, Screaming Man, Armadillo

15 April 2011 11:20 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Here's Toh's weekend preview of the mainstream box office contenders. And for the smart-movie demo, here's a look at the weekend's new indie and foreign language offerings, from Bertrand Tavernier's The Princess of Montpensier (gorgeous, as pictured) and Danish war documentaryArmadillo, to Italy's Oscar submission The First Beautiful Thing and the France/Belgium/Chad co-production A Screaming Man, which indieWIRE's Eric Kohn calls Divine. Less well-embraced are Robert Redford's The Conspirator (Caryn James defends it here), despite its fine cast, and a widely excoriated adaptation of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. Details, trailers, images and reviews are below: The Princess of Montpensier, IFC (France) Dir: Bertrand Tavernier; Cast: Melanie Thierry, Lambert Wilson, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Gaspard Ulliel | 76% Metacritic | 82% Tomatometer | B indieWIRE, plus Gaspard Ulliel »

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Film: Movie Review: The Princess Of Montpensier

14 April 2011 3:13 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Sometimes veteran directors make slower, more deliberate films as they get older, but there’s nothing draggy about Bertrand Tavernier’s historical drama The Princess Of Montpensier. Adapted by 69-year-old Tavernier and screenwriter Jean Cosmos from Madame de La Fayette’s 1662 novella, Princess stars Mélanie Thierry as a much-desired heiress who’s studying for her introduction at court with the help of principled count Lambert Wilson, while her husband (Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet) and her lover (Gaspard Ulliel) fight in the raging Catholic/Protestant wars of the late 1500s. Wilson worries about the his charge’s loyalty, but even »

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Exclusive: Gaspard Ulliel Talks The Princess of Montpensier

13 April 2011 11:38 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Actor Gaspard Ulliel discusses playing Henri de Guise in The Princess of Montpensier, working with director Bertrand Tavernier, and much more

Most American audiences will recognize Gaspard Ulliel (who has one of the coolest names in the biz, for the record), as the younger Hannibal Lecter in the 2007 prequel Hannibal Rising. However, he is just getting his young career started at the age of 26. He has amassed solid credits with roles in the fantastic period drama Brotherhood of the Wolf, as well as A Very Long Engagement, Paris, je t'aime, and The Vintner's Luck, which hits theaters in America on May 11. Before that, Gaspard Ulliel stars in another compelling period piece, The Princess of Montpensier, which will be released in New York and Los Angeles on April 15. The drama will also be shown on the Sundance Selects VOD platform starting on April 20 before its nationwide expansion on April 29.

Gaspard Ulliel portrays Henri de Guise, »

- MovieWeb

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Netflix Nuggets: Heartless Winged Mutants from Heaven

10 April 2011 8:45 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Netflix has revolutionized the home movie experience for fans of film with its instant streaming technology. Netflix Nuggets is my way of spreading the word about independent, classic and foreign films made available by Netflix for instant streaming.

This Week’s New Instant Releases… Title: Black Heaven (2010)

Streaming Available: 04/12/2011

Cast: Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Louise Bourgoin, Melvil Poupaud, Pauline Etienne, Pierre Niney, Ali Marhyar, Patrick Descamps, Pierre Vittet, Swann Arlaud, Francesco Merenda

Director: Gilles Marchand

Synopsis: While searching for the owner of a missing mobile phone with his girlfriend, Marion (Pauline Etienne), Gaspard (Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet) falls for the mysterious Sam (Louise Bourgoin), who draws him into a dangerous virtual-reality video game, where she provokes unsuspecting victims into killing themselves. Directed by Gilles Marchand, this intense French drama alternates between real-life events and those within the simulated computer world. Title: Heartless (2009)

Streaming Available: 04/12/2011

Cast: Jim Sturgess, Clémence Poésy , Noel Clarke, Luke Treadaway, Justin Salinger, »

- Travis Keune

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Mélanie Thierry Is "The Princess of Montpensier"

6 April 2011 7:33 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek the newest poster supporting the upcoming French period romance feature "The Princess of Montpensier" ("La princesse de Montpensier"), directed by Bertrand Tavernier, based on the short story by author 'Madame de La Fayette'.

The film stars model/actress Mélanie Thierry in the title role, with Gaspard Ulliel, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Lambert Wilson and Raphaël Personnaz.

"...The story takes place in the French aristocracy during the 'Wars of Religion', focusing on a young woman who is forced into marriage while passionately in love with another man..."

"Princess" premiered May 16, 2010 @ the Cannes Film Festival, with StudioCanal releasing it in 384 French cinemas on November 3, 2010. Distribution rights for the Us was acquired by IFC Films.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Princess of Montpensier"...

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- Michael Stevens

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‘The Princess of Montpensier’ Trailer Is a Royalty Film You’ll Want to See!

15 March 2011 9:24 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Period films may be Oscar bait for many filmmakers, but are usually avoided by the mainstream moviegoer. Make it based in 16th century France, and you might as well say your good-byes. Think again.

Just out from IFC is the trailer for The Princess of Montpensier, which tells the story of an aristocrat woman who goes against her vow to marry a prince by falling in love with a duke during the plight of the Catholic/Protestant wars. With adultry comes violence, and with violence comes sword fights.  Alright, sign me up! 

The Princess of Montpensier will be release by Sundance Selects on April 15th in New York, and expand to more than 20 top markets nationwide through April and May.  The film will be available nationwide on demand from Sundance Selects on April 20th. See below for full synopsis and trailer:

“In The Princess Of Montpensier, acclaimed filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier »

- Christopher Clemente

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"The Princess of Montpensier"- April 1, 2011

13 March 2011 8:29 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek the newest poster supporting the upcoming French period romance feature "The Princess of Montpensier" ("La princesse de Montpensier"), directed by Bertrand Tavernier, based on the short story by 'Madame de La Fayette'.

The film stars model turned actress Mélanie Thierry in the title role, with Gaspard Ulliel, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Lambert Wilson and Raphaël Personnaz.

"...The story takes place in the French aristocracy during the 'Wars of Religion', focusing on a young woman who is forced into marriage while passionately in love with another man..."

"Princess" premiered May 16, 2010 @ the Cannes Film Festival, with StudioCanal releasing it in 384 French cinemas on November 3, 2010. Distribution rights for the Us was acquired by IFC Films, who will release the film April 1, 2011.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Princess of Montpensier"...

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- Michael Stevens

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The Undercover War DVD Review

23 January 2011 4:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

World War II has to be one of the most cinematically well-chronicled periods of history there is, dwelt on by big-name directors such as Steven Spielberg and Clint Eastwood as well as smaller scale film-makers alike. We have had action movies, romances and opinion-pieces set during the Second World War, from the perspectives of nigh on everyone involved. It is therefore to be commended that director Nicolas Steil has found a fresh angle from which to broach this endlessly fascinating and shocking moment in history. Setting the film in his native Luxembourg, Steil dramatises the country’s Nazi occupation and its effect on Luxembourg’s denizens.

Opting for a less bombastic approach than, say, Saving Private Ryan, Steil instead directs a relatively slow paced narrative in which we watch our pacifist protagonist’s struggle for survival. The son of a disgraced and deceased collaborator, François (Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet) leaves university for »

- Steven Neish

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