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directed by Jean-Claude Brisseau
France 2009

 

"A sexually unfulfilled young woman embarks on a series of graphic erotic encounters and becomes involved with a student of psychoanalysis who offers to put her under hypnosis. Yes, the notorious Jean-Claude Brisseau, director of 'The Exterminating Angels' and 'Secret Things,' is back with his latest provocation. Another idiosyncratic philosophical meditation on the enigmas of female sexuality, it features the director's latest discovery, Carole Brana. Pretentious smut for high-brows, a dirty old man's fantasies writ large, or a profound and daring exploration of society's sexual taboos? You decide."

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Brisseau goes heavy on the theory, speaking almost strictly in wandering existential tirades and cryptic dreams, but the filmmaking is more sweeping than contemplative. There's also a certain confessional nature to the film, but I nevertheless found myself distanced from everything that occurred. Brisseau has remarked that l'aventure is the most personal film he's ever made and, perhaps expectedly, there's a sense that the filmmaker got much more out of this process than the viewer possibly could.

That isn't to say that Brisseau's lusty abstraction isn't enticing and even, at moments, fascinating. Hypnosis-driven orgies and female masturbation abound, Brisseau ultimately climaxes with a literal out-of-body experience, an orgasm that, quite literally, tears the room apart. Is it all just pornography as art? I don't think so, but it certainly isn't The Girlfriend Experience. The performers, all admirably unrestrained and willing, are the buzzing, kinetic synapses in Brisseau's head which leads us invariably to wonder how much of this world that the director has created is real. The answer doesn't really matter because not even the film can come to any conclusions; it just leaps to another plane of existence.

Excerpt from Chris Cabin at FilmCritic located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 1 April 2009 (France)

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MPI Home Video/IFC Films - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Axiom Films - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas and Gary W. Tooze for the Screen Caps!

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Region 1 - NTSC

Axiom Films
Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:43:28 1:39:09 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.32:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.95 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.98 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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Audio French Dolby Digital 5.1

French Dolby Digital 5.1; French Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

Subtitles English, English SDH, Spanish, none English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: MPI Home Video/IFC Films

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.32:1

Edition Details:
• U.S. Theatrical Trailer (4:3; 1:20; in French with English subtitles)
• Start-up trailers for PARIS (16:9; 1:58), FRONTIER OF DAWN (16:9; 1:10), QUIET CHAOS (4:3; 2:14), an

DVD Release Date: January 12th, 2010
Amaray

Chapters 19

Release Information:
Studio: Axiom Films

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Stills Gallery

DVD Release Date: June 22nd, 2009

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Chapters: 12

 

 

Comments

ADDITION: MPI - February 2010: While the MPI/IFC R1 DVD does not have the 4% PAL speedup of the R2 edition, it is unfortunately an interlaced presentation. Both releases feature the French 5.1 track (R2 has a 2.0 stereo downmix too). The R2 has a still gallery while the R1 has a trailer (although it is an American trailer and not the French original). The R2 is also a dual-layer presentation so it may be the more satisfying viewing option while the R1 might be the more accessible for US viewers.

 - Eric Cotenas

ON THE AXIOM PAL EDITION: The Axiom transfer looks very good. The DVD is dual-layered with nothing beyond a stills gallery to share the disc space. The film seems dark at times but very sharp and in the correct 1.33 aspect ratio. l'aventure played a few festivals but this is probably how it will get the most exposure. It has a high bitrate for SD - not excessive digital noise and good news again that I don't see any manipulation and the image is spotlessly clean.

Audio gives two options with a 2.0 channel or 5.1 surround - not that there is a lot of buoyancy in the mix but the option is there for a few subtitle, rear speaker, moans.

No extras aside from the aforementioned stills gallery with 20 picture-boxed images that seem very tame as compared to the graphic scenes in the film.

Bizarre, at times almost surreal, very sex-filled and captivating in it's own degenerative way. It's kind like more artsy and structured Tinto Brass - with the sex turned down a notch, but the pseudo-philosophy at full tilt. I don't mean to be too hard on this - I was actually intrigued beyond the beautiful naked gals (quite striking even with their clothes on!). It will hold your interest and can entertain as long as you aren't expecting too much. I'm sure the caps can give you some idea of what you are in for - it's not all sex - but it does have a lot.    

Gary W. Tooze

 



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Extras: Draw
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