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Directed by Pedro Costa
Portugal France 2009

 

"Entrancing. Something between a portrait and a performance doc. Stunning and beyond atmospheric." --J. Hoberman, Village Voice

One of the most important figures in contemporary cinema, Pedro Costa s celebrated music documentary is a mesmerizing portrait of French actress-turned-singer Jeanne Balibar, a transfixing, cigarette-smoking chanteuse with an intense devotion to her craft. Photographed in shimmering black-and-white and featuring a soundtrack of jazz-inflected pop songs, Ne Change Rien is a luminous exploration of the creative process.

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Theatrical Release: May 15th, 2009 - Cannes Film Festival

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DVD Review: Cinema Guild - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Cinema Guild - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:43:16
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.16 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 (Dolby Digital 5.1) , French (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Cinema Guild

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• The End of a Love Affair (8 minutes), a short film by Pedro Costa
• Additional performances: "Le Tour Du Monde," "A Safe Place" and "Les Petits Papiers"
• "Tronomettes," eight musical sketches by Jeanne Balibar
•  International TV Spots
• Theatrical Trailer
• Teaser Trailer
• Booklet featuring notes by Pedro Costa

DVD Release Date: August 30th, 2011

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Chapters: 7

 

Comments:

Full marks here for this avant garde exportation of the devotion to craft and artistic endeavors. This black and white 'reality' exploration is the epitome of 'cool'.

The Cinema Guild transfer is dual-layered and the appearance has some brightness flaring due to the contrast of pitch black and white with lone lights and shadows. In the more lit scenes this produces and edge-enhancement halo effect - see HERE. This is really the exception throughout the documentary and I can't discount that it may be part of the original source. I really don't know. It didn't deter my appreciation of the monochromatic visuals which are buoyed by the prevailing atmosphere and music. Audio comes in two flavors - a nominally separated 5.1 and a standard stereo - the latter, by the way, I thought was fine.

Supplements have quite a bit to offer as well with an 8-minute short film by Pedro Costa entitled The End of a Love Affair, plus some additional performances: "Le Tour Du Monde," "A Safe Place" and "Les Petits Papiers" - of which this reviewer is grateful. There are also eight "Tronomettes," which is the word used to describe the musical sketches of Jeanne Balibar - which follow the pattern of 'jazzy' enjoyment of the feature. Included are some international TV Spots with subtitles, a theatrical and teaser trailer plus a liner notes leaflet featuring notes by director Costa.

This is pretty amazing and Costa captures a feeling here that would be hard for most directors to imprint onto the screen. In the appropriate mood - Ne Change Rien can be a beautiful presentation experience - and I intended to lend the DVD to many fiends who I know will also love it. Just great... 

Gary W. Tooze

 



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