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(aka "Ma vie avec James Dean" )


directed by Dominique Choisy
France 2017


Young first-time filmmaker Géraud Champreux (Johnny Rasse) travels to Normandy and a lonely seaside village to screen his first film "My Life with James Dean". Upon arrival, his phone is stolen, the cinema has no idea that his film is meant to show that night, and the person who arranged the screening is nowhere to be found. With only a single person in the audience for the showing a depressed Géraud gets drunk and has to be carried back to his hotel by projectionist Baltahzar (Mickaël Pelissier). Waking up with a hangover the next morning, he meets screening organizer Sylvia (Nathalie Richard, CACHÉ) who immediately unloads on him about her turbulent love life, surly hotelier Gladys (Juliette Damiens) seems almost infatuated with him upon learning that he is a filmmaker, and Balthazar both comes out to him and proclaims his love for Géraud after seeing the film. Both too kind to maintain boundaries and seeking inspiration for his next project, Géraud cannot help but be drawn into each of their lives which seem far less banal to him than they believe, and his own troubled private life has more in common with them than he is willing to admit. An understated and meandering comedy, MY LIFE WITH JAMES DEAN is nonetheless an engaging rumination on the allure of temporary cinematic escapism and the need to deal with life as really is. The open-ended conclusion can be seen as morally dubious and escapist, or it could represent the willingness to follow the not-exactly-stable examples of the others take a somewhat reckless chance on life.

Eric Cotenas


Theatrical Release: 10 May 2018 (Germany)

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DVD Review: Breaking Glass Pictures - Region 1 - NTSC

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Breaking Glass Pictures

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:48:04

1.81:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.28 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 5.1
Subtitles English (burnt-in)
Features Release Information:
Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.81:1

Edition Details:
� Theatrical Trailer (1:37)
� Previews

DVD Release Date: 28 August 2018

Chapters 12



Breaking Glass' mid-range bitrate encode does a serviceable job with a rather visually undemanding digitally-lensed film (in which only one low-lit night scene looks more like video than film). The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is mostly front-oriented, with the atmospheres sparsely utilized due to the off-season seaside setting. The English subtitle track is encoded into the image in yellow but the effect is not distracting. The sole extras are the film's trailer and trailers for other releases.

  - Eric Cotenas


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