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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "2 Autumns, 3 Winters" )

 

directed by Sébastien Betbeder
France 2013

 

Having turned thirty-three, unemployed artist Arman (Vincent Macaigne, A WORLD WITHOUT WOMEN) takes up jogging and quite literally runs into twenty-seven year old art student/gallery assistant Amelie (Maud Wyler, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR) in the park. Captivated by her, he maintains his health regiment if only to run into her again by chance; but fate waits to throw them back together in a manner that ends up with him stabbed by a mugger and in the hospital. While he convalesces, Arman and Amelie become close, but he can't quite find an organic way to cross over into a romantic relationship (even as they sip champagne on the balcony of a spacious apartment borrowed by him from a friend abroad). On the same day that Arman is released from the hospital, his thirty year old best friend Benjamin (Bastien Bouillon) inexplicably suffers a stroke and himself goes through a period of convalescence during which he falls for his speech therapist Katia (Audrey Bastien). As the four vacation at a chalet in Switzerland, the doubts of Arman, Amelie, and Benjamin come to light for each of them. Arman feels a growing distance from Amelie, who is pregnant but unsure of her capacity for motherhood rather than Arman's for fatherhood. Although he dismissed his hippie sister Lucie's (Pauline Etienne, BLACK HEAVEN) warning that his stroke was a cosmic warning, Benjamin has developed anxieties over his sudden awareness of his mortality (not the least bit helped by the presence of Katia's musician cousin Jan [Thomas Blanchard, THE PORNOGRAPHERS] who has thrice attempted suicide over a soured love affair), sending him into a dalliance with his former physical therapist. When Benjamin, Katia, and Arman - having left things in the air with Amelie - go to the country for Christmas with Benjamin's family, they (and Amelie who is with her own family) must confront the realities of their relationships and how they fall short of their expectations.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 25 December 2013 (France)

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DVD Review: Film Movement - Region 1 - NTSC

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Film Movement

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:30:51
Video

1.37:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.57 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 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Film Movement

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.37:1

Edition Details:
• Biographies
• Theatrical Trailer (1:46)
• Short film 'Voyage d'affaires' (10:57)
• Trailers:
• - 'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?'
• - 'Tanta Agua'
• - 'Watchtower'
• - 'The Grocer's Son'
• - 'Queen of Hearts'
• - 'Karen Cries on the Bus'

DVD Release Date: 17 June 2014
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

Comments

Film Movement's dual-layer, progressive, anamorphic DVD of this 1.37:1-framed feature (the 1.33:1 frame is pillarboxed in a 16:9 window) seems to reproduce the film's deliberate patchwork of uneven textures from grainy, noisy night exteriors, low-key interiors, pixellated video inserts, and crisper daytime scenes (including some shallow-focus to-the-camera addresses by the characters). The French Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo mix is often restrained, with source music appropriately overwhelming the mix when emotions run high. The optional English subtitles are free of errors, and translate some important song lyrics.

There are no extras for the film besides the trailer and some paragraphs on the inside of the cover about why Film Movement chose the title and the director's statement about the film. The major extra is an unrelated short film, "Voyage d'Affaires", a 2008 French-language work from British filmmaker Sean Ellis (METRO MANILLA). The disc also includes cast/crew biographies and trailers for other films (a few of which also pop up as start-up trailers).

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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