(aka "Apres nous le déluge" or "Le Déluge" or "After We're Gone")

 

directed by Damien Odoul
France 2004

 

When Bourgeois Gentilhomme Jean-René discovers that he soon will die, he grants himself one last wish, and thus invites a theatre troupe to his country mansion, where he instructs them to prepare "The Myth of Dionysus". But hardly have they arrived, before childish jealousy, power struggles and sex forces Jean-René to take over the stage.

The title, "Apres nous le Deluge" is based on what Louis XVI said after he read Article 11 in the “Declaration of the Rights of Men” in 1791 whereby “...the unrestrained communication of opinion being one of the most precious rights of man, every citizen may speak, write and public freely” - before he lost his head the year after, and means "after the flood", and it is the same Odoul sets out to play with in his film. The alternative title is "While waiting for the flood".

Thru almost Beckett-esque absurd situations, as Odoul avoids any plot, the sophisticated Jean-René (the intellect) is set up against the simple actors (the emotional), in this absurdly funny film about life, love, art and death.

Henrik Sylow

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Theatrical Release: May 18, 2004 (Cannes Film Festival)

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DVD Review: Tartan - Region 0 - PAL

Big thanks to Henrik Sylow for the Review!

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Distribution

Tartan

Region 0 - PAL

Runtime 1:19:29 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.76:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.21 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital French
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Tartan

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.76:1

Edition Details:
• Hors-je (13:09 / 4:3)
• Original Trailer (1:02 / 4:3)

DVD Release Date: July 25, 2005
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Comments I don't know if the film is shot on Digital Video or 16mm, but here it looks like video without any artificial light sources - very Dogma 95 like. Based on the trailer, which is in non 16x9, the frame is slightly cropped. What the correct OAR is, I cannot say.

The transfer is very poor. Not only does it display a lot of compression artifacts, it is has too much contrast, making dark go black and grey go white. Some scenes look as if its a 2nd generation VHS copy. It is a very poor transfer and should be taken back and redone.

Curious is, that both the trailer and the short film added, are superior in quality to the feature film, showing no such signs of contrast boosting, artifacts or poor transfer. (See comparison)

Added is a short film by Odoul "Hors-Je" made either during or after the shooting of "Apres nous le delurge".

 - Henrik Sylow

 

 






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