(aka 'Private Property')

Directed by Joachim Lafosse
France 2006


  A typical shot in the subtle, tightly controlled family drama Private Property finds a single mother, played by the great Isabelle Huppert, sitting at the dinner table with her grown-up twin sons, Jérémie Renier and Yannick Renier, flanking her. Writer-director Joachim Lafosse holds this static shot for the scene's entirety, as the two boys, in their own way, level abuse on their mother, who has long lacked the assertiveness to put them in their place. This simple setup is key to the film's surprising dramatic tension, because the frame binds them in dysfunction and forces viewers to sit tight during extremely uncomfortable situations. It wouldn't be accurate to call Private Property a thriller, but it has a slow-burning intensity that's oddly suspenseful, and it shifts gears effectively once the tense family dynamic suddenly changes.

Excerpt from Scott Tobias at The Onion located HERE


Theatrical Release: September 1st, 2006 - Venice Film Festival

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Distribution New Yorker Films- Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:54:48 
Video 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.5 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.


Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)  
Subtitles English,(burnt-in)

Release Information:
Studio: New Yorker Films

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• trailer (2:13)
• 3-page liner notes with production and cast details (Moira Tierney)

DVD Release Date: September 11th, 2007

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Chapters: 12




Typical New Yorker transfer - interlaced and suspected to be from an unconverted PAL source although the combing is not intense. Single-layered and anamorphic but a little greenish, grainy and faded - none of these production faux pas diminished the enjoyment of the film for myself personally - I found it very unique and intriguing. The static camera really intensifies the voyeuristic feel.  The image is clean and fairly dark. The English subtitles are non-removable (burnt-in) and the French audio is offered in flavors of 2.0 and an unnecessary 5.1.

There are no extras save the trailer and some decent liner notes. I would generally say this DVD is a bit pricey for the sloppiness of the transfer but the film is too good to pass up. I'll assume it is available from Studio Canal sans English subs. Anyway I liked it very much - ice princess Huppert (multiple Chabrol productions) and Jérémie Renier (L'Enfant, La Promesse) are at there usual excellent standards of realistic expression. 

Gary W. Tooze



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