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directed by Sophie Lellouche
France 2012

 

Alice (Alice Taglioni, ZAYTOUN) has had a life long relationship with Woody Allen, carrying on a private dialogue with him about life and love (via her recollection of his dialogue from his films). Much to the consternation of her parents (CLARA ET MOI's Michel Aumont and FRENCH KISS' Marie-Christine Adam), no man seems to measure up to the Woody; and Alice remains unmarried while her younger sister Helene (Marine Delterme, VATEL) - a hardworking and successful attorney - has been married to charming financier Pierre (Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, POLISSE) for the past fifteen years. Having endured many a dud date in search of "the one", Alice has finally embraced Allen's paraphrasing of Freud (from DECONSTRUCTING HARRY) that "the two most important things that in your life are the work that you chose and sex". She has taken over the family pharmacy (even going so far as to prescribe Woody Allen movies to cure the emotional ailments of her customers) and has taken a more casual approach to dating. Just as she hits it off with one of her brother-in-law's yuppie friends Vincent (Yannick Soulier) - who catches her pleasantly off-guard with his love of Cole Porter, jazz, and classic comedy - Alice also finds herself inexplicably drawn to alarm specialist Victor (Patrick Bruel, A SECRET) who offers a fresh and blunt perspective on the bourgeois dysfunctions of her family that have gone unnoticed (inspiring compassion and understanding of those who regard her as the black sheep of the family). Both men have their charms - Victor's being farther under the surface - but only one might be able to introduce her to Woody Allen in the flesh.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 18 July 2012 (France)

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DVD Review: Strand Releasing - Region 1 - NTSC

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Strand Releasing

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:17:36
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.26 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.

Bitrate

Audio French/English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Strand Releasing

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Short film 'Woody Before Allen' (16:9; 13:52)
• Trailers for 'The Missing Picture', 'The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears', 'Bicycling with
• Moliere', and 'Stranger by the Lake'

DVD Release Date: September 23rd, 2014
Amaray

Chapters 8

 

Comments

Strand Releasing's dual-layer DVD features a high-bitrate, progressive, anamorphic encode that is attractive despite some minute edge enhancement. The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is suited to the dialogue-heavy film with Paris background noise and music reaching the surrounds. The optional English subtitles seem to be British in origin with such phrases as "that takes the biscuit" (rather than cake) and are without any noticeable errors.

The film is short enough that even with the high bitrate there is still enough space for a short film by the director about filmmaker Woody Allen's family and childhood. There is no trailer for the film but there are trailers for four other French Strand titles: the forthcoming THE STRANGE COLOR OF YOUR BODY'S TEARS, THE MISSING PICTURE, BICYCLING WITH MOLIERE, and STRANGER BY THE LAKE.

  - Eric Cotenas

 

 


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