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Jennifer Jason Leigh,
I recorded most of movie on VHS many years ago, and have just bought a used DVD from USA.
I wish to warn viewers, that a full 17 minutes is omitted on DVD, near the films end.
From point where the older Olivier returns home finding Serge delving in the garage, asking for help to sort out mess, to the point where Olivier drives on his motorbike to the little house and gives Marcel his just deserts, full 17 minutes omitted on DVD .
THIS IS THE HEART OF THE MOVIE
Will try to relate what is missing on DVD :-
Father Serge in Garage, finds old bottle of Calvados; he and Olivier consume it all getting drunk. They accuse each in turn of running away from home.
When they rejoin the two women, man and boy are in a bad way, Olivier singing 'House of the Rising Sun'.
Wife takes Serge to bed nursing his hangover
Later mother relates to Nadine what happened out shopping. Surrounded by lady shoppers, Gossip questing about return of husband and son. Newspaper reports true relative Olivier ? (Implication rent boy).
Nadine finds Olivier in bed crying. She joins him. Olivier produces sisters questionnaire board and supplies Nadine, with all the correct answers.
Then Olivier half dressed, enters Nadine's bedroom; she in turn is crying. He joins her in bed, he is cold and lonely. Nadine questions him again about Paris. He explains that his life has been in a series of railway station, his orphanages.
She draws him closer and then they have sex.
(Viewers wondering is this incest)?
Later Nadine becomes utterly convinced that Olivier is her brother and rushes to tell father Serge what she has seen and heard outside the house
At this point, we rejoin the DVD near the film's end, Olivier sorting out Marcel.
I think it criminal that heart of the film omitted on DVD.
olivier olivier is a very fine film, ruined in the DVD version. Buy the VHS and enjoy !
Sincerely, Michael Darlow.
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