(aka "Daddy Nostalgia" or "These Foolish Things")

 

directed by Bertrand Tavernier
France 1990

 

Tavernier directed this film from a screenplay by his former wife, Colo Tavernier O'Hagen. There must be elements of autobiography in it for both of them - especially when you remember his two earlier films, "A Week's Vacation" (1982) and "Sundays in the Country" (1989). Both told of children going to visit their fathers with a mixture of love and anger, and both showed fathers who were admirable and lovable but also self-centered and flawed.

It's that extra complication that makes "Daddy Nostalgia" so much more than just a sweet leave-taking. The movie knows that even as we die, we hang onto our weaknesses as fondly as our strengths.

That dying people are selfish, all the more so because their resources are dwindling, and that even some of their good, generous, loving actions are done with complex motives. On one level this is a heartwarming movie. On another, it is a wise and even a bitter one.

Excerpt from Roger Ebert's review at the Chicago Sun-Times located HERE

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Theatrical Release: France5 September 1990

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DVD Review: Koch Lorber - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Per-Olof Strandberg for the Review!

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 102:00
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2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.00 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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

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Audio French; English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles English (on the French parts)
Features Release Information:
Studio: Koch Lorber

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Interview with Jane Birkin (35:05)
• Photo Gallery
• DVD-9 (SS-DL)

DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
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Comments It's always a pleasure to watch a film from Bertrand Tavernier. He is a master to use the cinema-scope format in daily life drama. It so few directors who actually use the whole frame artistically. So shall we be pleased that this DVD is in the correct OAR?

Taken from a non-progressive source, most probably from a PAL master, it doesn't look good, but not impossible bad either.

The image is quite soft and there's a lot of combing and ghosting. The most irritating thing is that almost every picture change has two frames on the top of one another, added with combing (see # 7). This certainly destroys the continuity in the editing. Also the colors seems very flat to be correct.

The subtitles are yellow on the black border. Because of the 2.35:1 ratio it can be adjusted to fit the 16:9 screen.

Not horrible, but you wish it was better all the time you watch it.


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Unfortunately this seems to be at the time the only English subtitled version. If I understand correct the French disc (R2) don't have English subtitles on the French speaking parts.

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 - Per-Olof Strandberg

 

 






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