(aka 'The Bait' or 'Fresh Bait')

directed by Bertrand Tavernier
France 1995

'A bit of an intentionally hollow and vacuous story very adeptly directed by Tavernier. Quite disturbing and haunting as a social commentary showing the lack of value structure of many youths today. The outer edge of this finger pointing mirrors itself right back at the aging lothario males who are attempting to bed this coquettish nubile. Its real shock is how true-to-life this story really is. Perhaps exposing it will help to change the societal trend, but I rather think it is viewed more voyeuristically by most audiences. Exploitive? in both its title (Bait) and content... perhaps, but it kept my attention as my human frailties took over. Not a great film, but at times an engaging one.' out of

Gary W. Tooze

Theatrical Release: March 8th, 1995 - France

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DVD Review: Studio Canal  Region 2 - PAL

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Distribution Studio Canal - Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:51:36
Video 1.85:1.00 Letterboxed WideScreen / 16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.12 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) 
Subtitles English, French for Hearing Impaired and None

Release Information:
Studio: Studio Canal

Aspect Ratio:
Anamorphic widescreen- 1.85:1

DVD Release Date: February 4th, 2003
Keep Case
Chapters: 16

Edition Details:

 Audio commentary  by Bertrand Tavernier and Colo Tavernier O' Hagan (scenario writer)? Exclusive discussion with Colo Tavernier O' Hagan, Marie Gillain, Bruno Putzulu and Olivier Sitruk (30 min) The gallery of photographs


Solid DVD with great image and clear subs (see below). The Tavernier commentary and short are not sub-titled which is a shame. There is a stills gallery a non-anamorphic widescreen Studio Canal trailer. If the commentary were subbed, this DVD would be perfect as it stands I still give it out of  

Gary W. Tooze

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by Jean Douchet, Robert Bonnono, Cedric Anger, Robert Bononno
French Cinema: From Its Beginnings to the Present
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