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A New Life (2002)

La vie nouvelle (original title)
The story involves a young American who falls obsessively in love with a mysterious courtesan named Melania against the backdrop of a dilapidated Eastern European landscape.
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Credited cast:
Zachary Knighton ... Seymour
Anna Mouglalis ... Melania
Marc Barbé ... Roscoe
Zsolt Nagy Zsolt Nagy ... Boyan
Raoul Dantec Raoul Dantec ... The french man
Vladimir Zintov Vladimir Zintov ... Hired man
Georgi Kadurin Georgi Kadurin ... The sad man
Simona Huelsemann Simona Huelsemann ... Prostitute 1
Salvador Gueorguiev Salvador Gueorguiev ... Boyan's man 1
Ivan Velichkov Ivan Velichkov ... Boyan's man 2
Peter Petrov Peter Petrov ... Boyan's man 3
Diana Gerova Diana Gerova ... Prostitute 2
Boyka Velkova Boyka Velkova ... Boyan's wife (as Bojka Velkova)
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Josh Pearson Josh Pearson
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The story involves a young American who falls obsessively in love with a mysterious courtesan named Melania against the backdrop of a dilapidated Eastern European landscape.

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Drama | Horror

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Difficult but incredibly rewarding
4 January 2014 | by briggsgarlandSee all my reviews

In a collection of essays titled "The New Extremism in Cinema: From France to Europe" Grandieux's work is mentioned alongside films by Catherine Breillat, Gaspar Noé and Michael Haneke. Generally speaking I'd say that's a fair starting point if you're wondering what kind of film to expect. Unlike those three directors, Grandieux really diverges from traditional, plot-driven narratives. La Vie Nouvelle is a feature length film with a definite plot but there is only a handful of words spoken. The film communicates with the viewer through colour, texture, unconventional sound design, expressive, wordless, almost awkwardly long scenes.

What never ceases to amaze me while watching a Grandieux film is how intentional every decision seems. While it may be difficult to understand exactly why Grandieux made the decisions that he did it's abundantly clear that there is a masterful hand at work.

I suspect that even the most well-versed cinephile is going to find this a difficult watch but if you're willing to abandon convention and just experience this beautifully shot and incredibly powerful film it's really very rewarding.


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Country:

France | Bulgaria

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

27 November 2002 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Sofia, Bulgaria

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$18,387
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1.85 : 1
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