French film SISTERS (L’ENFANT D’EN HAUT) gets UK dvd release

SISTERL’ENFANT D’EN HAUT/SISTER (15) 2012 FRANCE     MEIER, URSULA     £15.99
Ursula Meier directs and co-writes this mysterious French drama set in a Swiss ski resort. Every day, twelve-year-old Simon (Kacey Mottet Klein) catches the cable car up the mountain to an upmarket ski resort near his home in the Swiss Alps in order to steal food, money and equipment from the wealthy guests in order to support himself and his older sister Louise (Léa Seydoux). According to Simon, his parents are dead, and Louise does all she can to avoid the responsibilities of taking care of him.

Tension and ambiguity build as the facts of Simon’s past and future become more and more uncertain.

DVD available at – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/french-dvds

New York Times film review – http://movies.nytimes.com/2012/10/05/movies/sister-directed-by-ursula-meier.html?_r=0

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Award winning Rust and Bone/de Rouille et D’os out on dvd

Rust and Bone RUST AND BONE/DE ROUILLE ET D’OS     (15) 2012 FRANCE        AUDIARD, JACQUES    £17.99
The film starts by telling two parallel stories: one of Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts), a homeless father struggling to care for his five-year-old son, and the other of Stephanie (Marion Cotillard), a woman who loses her legs in an accident while working as a trainer of killer whales. Both strong, idiosyncratic characters who are used to defining the parameters of their personal relationships, their union forces them out of the emotional safety zones they have each developed for the purposes of self-protection.

DVD available at – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/french-dvds

English language sxreenplay – http://www.sonyclassics.com/awards-information/rustandbone_screenplay.pdf

Washington Post review – http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/movies/rust-and-bone-de-rouille-et-dos,1233132/critic-review.html

Sacha Guitry’s 1951 French film La Poison released on dvd

ImageLA POISON (PG) 1951 FRANCE    GUITRY, SACHA        £17.99
Early 1950s French black comedy from writer-director Sacha Guitry. Married couple Paul and Blandine Braconnier (Michel Simon and Germaine Reuver) detest one another – so much so that they both consider killing the other. As Blandine plans to poison him, Paul fatally stabs her but with the help of brilliant lawyer Maître Aubanel (Jean Debucourt) he may just get away with murder..BLU RAY – £19.99.

DVD available at – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/french-dvds

Nenette et Boni directed by Claire Denis out on dvd

ImageNENETTE ET BONI (15) 1996   FRANCE    DENIS, CLAIRE    £15.99
Boni (Grégoire Colin) has enough trouble containing his erotic fixation with the local baker’s wife, but when his estranged younger sister, Nenette (Alice Houri), arrives on his doorstep claiming she’s pregnant, a whole host of new problems come to the fore. As the two struggle to adjust to their new situation, they begin to understand each other as well as the new responsibility which awaits them in the future.

DVD available at – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/french-dvds

Clair Denis collection out on dvd

ImageTHE CLAIRE DENIS COLLECTION (15)                 £29.99
Collection of four films directed by Claire Denis. In ‘White Material’ (2009), when coffee plantation owner Henri Vial (Michel Subor), his son Andre (Christopher Lambert) and his ex-wife Marie (Isabelle Huppert) find themselves caught up in the turmoil of a rapidly disintegrating political situation, they refuse to acknowledge the danger of the social unrest that has now reached boiling point in their adopted homeland. Joining forces with a black rebel army hero who is also embroiled in the tumult, the Vials fight to survive as their world rapidly crumbles around them.

In ‘Beau Travail’ (1999), Sergeant-Major Galoup (Denis Lavant) is growing increasingly jealous of the popular new recruit Sentain (Grégoire Colin) and decides to bring about his downfall. Eventually, when the platoon have left on a series of exercises, Galoup manages to provoke Sentain into a direct confrontation and the two of them come face-to-face for the last time in an incredible sequence set against a harsh, rocky coastal landscape. In ‘Nénette et Boni’ (1996), Boni (Colin) has enough trouble containing his erotic fixation with the local baker’s wife, but when his estranged younger sister, Nénette (Alice Houri), arrives on his doorstep claiming she’s pregnant, a whole host of new problems come to the fore.

As the two struggle to adjust to their new situation, they begin to understand each other as well as the new responsibility which awaits them in the future. In ‘Chocolat’ (1988), a young French woman returns to the remote bush region of the Cameroons where she grew up. Her journey inspires recollections of the colonial lifestyle, the servant she befriended and a particularly unsettling incident when a plane crashed nearby and the house was invaded by passengers and crew.

DVD available at – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/french-dvds

French Film Beau Travail out on dvd

ImageBEAU TRAVAIL (15) 1998 FRANCE DENIS,  CLAIRE  £19.99
Director Claire Denis’ intensely physical study of tensions within a platoon of legionnaires stationed in North Africa. Fearing for his position within the group, Sergeant-Major Galoup (Denis Lavant) is growing increasingly jealous of the popular new recruit Sentain (Grégoire Colin) and decides to bring about his downfall. Eventually, when the platoon have left on a series of exercises, Galoup manages to provoke Sentain into a direct confrontation, the two of them coming face-to-face for the last time in an incredible sequence set against the harsh, rocky coastal landscape and the music of Benjamin Britten’s ‘Billy Budd’.

DVD available at – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/french-dvds

French family comedy PETIT NICOLAS due for UK dvd release next week

Image PETIT NICOLAS (PG) 2009 FRANCE TIRARD, LAURENT    £15.99
Laurent Tirard co-writes and directs this French family comedy based on the 1950s comics by René Goscinny. Eight-year-old Nicolas (Maxime Godart) has a perfect set-up, with loving parents, good friendships and a happy school life. His idyllic existence soon changes, however, when he misinterprets a conversation that he overhears between his parents (Valérie Lemercier and Kad Merad), leading him to believe that his mother is pregnant.

With his imagination running wild, he soon jumps to the conclusion that his parents will be too wrapped up with their new arrival to spare any time for him, and quickly sets about planning how to keep things just the way they are.

DVD available at – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/french-dvds

Film Review in The Japan Times – http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2010/10/08/films/le-petit-nicolas/#.UR08_fIV-T8

Study guide to the film in French – http://www.frenchfilmfestival.org.uk/2010/documents/LepetitNicolas_learningpack.pdf

French Series – HARD SEASON ONE released on the dvd

ImageHARD SEASON 1(15) 2008 FRANCE    VERNEY, CATHY     £15.99
The first series of the French comedy in which a woman has to learn to run her husband’s porn film company. After her husband dies in an accident, housewife and now single mother Sophie (Natacha Lindinger) learns the truth about his business. Shocked to discover he actually produced pornographic movies, Sophie has no choice but to take over the company in order to bring in money for her family and in the process attempts to keep her dignity.

DVD available at – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/french-dvds

French film ANGEL AND TONY Out this week on dvd

Image (15) 2010 FRANCE        DELAPORTE,  ALIX     £15.99
Alix Delaporte directs this French drama chronicling the uneasy relationship that develops between two very different people. Recently released from prison, the beautiful but troubled Angèle (Clotilde Hesmé) answers a personal ad on a whim, and soon finds herself caught up in the life of recently-bereaved middle-aged fisherman Tony (Grégory Gadebois), who lives with his mother in a small village on the Normandy coast. Despite a tricky beginning, the two make a connection of sorts, with Tony helping Angèle to find a job and a place to stay.

Both beleaguered by their own problems, it takes time to establish a bond, but over time they manage to negotiate a relationship that makes sense for them both.

DVD available at – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/french-dvds

Tony Gatlif’s Transylvania takes us on a musical and emotional journey to Eastern Europe

TransylvaniaTRANSYLVANIA  (15) 2006 FRANCE   GATLIT, TONY     £9.99
Impressionistic take on the road movie genre. When Zingarina (Asia Argento) arrives in the mysterious backwaters of Transylvania, she has but one thing on her mind: to find her long-lost lover Milan (Marco Castoldi), a musician who made her pregnant and then left without a word of explanation. After trawling the various clubs and bars with her sister Marie (Amira Casar), she eventually finds him, only for Milan to brutally reject her.

Totally distraught, Zingarina cuts herself loose from Marie, and everything she holds dear. Plunged into the thrumming festivities of a Romany carnival, she emerges in a daze only to be lured ever deeper into the rolling hills of Romania. It is here that she meets Tchangalo (Birol Unel), a travelling trader who takes her under his wing.

They embark on a roadtrip upon which they indulge in wild bouts of gypsy folk dance, and nights of heady passion.

DVD available at – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/french-dvds

The film shown in Cannes in 2006, is released on DVD on February 11th order from –
REVIEW AT –  Tony Gatlif’s Transylvania takes us on a musical and emotional journey to Eastern Europe.