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(aka "La petite chambre" )


directed by Stéphanie Chuat, Véronique Reymond
Switzerland/Luxembourg 2010


With his middle-aged son Jacques (Joël Delsaut, OUR CHILDREN) on the verge of starting over with a new job and fiancee in Chicago, Edmond (Michel Bouquet, COP AU VAIN) finds himself about to lose his independence. Staunchly refusing to visit any of the nursing homes Jacques looks into, Edmond stays in his apartment with his cherished plants and memories of his late wife. He gets on with his visiting caregiver Rose (Florence Loiret Caille, TIME OF THE WOLF) - who has just returned to work after miscarrying a child - about as well as he does with his son, but Rose is persistent and unconventional in getting him to eat and take his medication. When Edmond has a fall, Rose and Jacques argue over his care and Rose's boss puts her back on the sick list rather than firing her for getting personally involved with a patient. Edmond is forced to stay in a nursing home while undergoing physical therapy, so Rose visits and keeps him company (as well as giving him a Discman so that he disconnect from those around him). When Edmond checks himself out of the nursing home, he and Rose discover that Jacques has sold his apartment. When Edmond refuses to return to nursing home, Rose takes him back to her home since she and her husband Marc (Éric Caravaca, SON FRÈRE) have had a fight and he has gone to New York with his partner to get a lucrative contract. As she cares for him physically, he pries into her life and the nursery where belongings and memories of the unborn child are preserved. When Jacques calls Rose in search of his father, she claims not to know of his whereabouts. Edmond's forcible appropriates the titular "little bedroom" as his own room turns out not to be the same kind of violation for Rose as when Marc tried to clean the room out and use it for storage; in fact, they almost fulfill the role of surrogate children for one another (with Rose needing someone to care for while giving Edmond the attention he lacks from his son whose resentment and motives may not be entirely selfish). She finds herself starting to open up and move on just as Marc returns and discovers the truth behind their arrangement.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 26 September 2014 (USA)

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DVD Review: Cinema Libre - Region 0 - NTSC

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Cinema Libre

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:30:54

2.40:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.49 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 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English (burnt-in)
Features Release Information:
Studio: Cinema Libre

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.40:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 2:21)
• Trailers for 'Touch', 'Now & Later', 'London River', and 'The Beineix Collection'

DVD Release Date: December 9th, 2014

Chapters 8



Although Cinema Libre's DCP had 5.1 audio, their single-layer, progressive, anamorphic widescreen DVD has stereo audio only. This Sony Cine Alta-photographed high definition production has a degree of intentional softness while sporting good detail in close-ups (with a touch of edge enhancement that might be part of the master or the encode). The sound design is restrained so the stereo mix is workable, but it is disappointing not to have the original mix on disc. The burnt-in English subtitles are large enough to be readable yet unobtrusive. The sole extras are a trailer for the film and four other trailers (selectable from a separate menu but also playing at start-up).

  - Eric Cotenas



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