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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Les Nuis avec Théodore" or "Nights with Théodore" or "Je suis une ville endormie")


directed by Sébastien Betbeder
France 2012


A slight but atmospheric and effective French TV movie that in some ways recalls Jean Rollin's funereal THE IRON ROSE. Young Parisians Theodore (Pio Marmaï, IN YOUR HANDS) and Anna (LA BELLE PERSONNE's Agathe Bonitzer, daughter of director Sophie Fillières [IF YOU DON'T, I WILL] and screenwriter Pascal Bonitzer [VA SAVOIR]) meet at a party and impulsively hop the fence of the Parc des Buttes Chaumont for a one night stand. A landmark of historical import sporting an artificial lake, a grotto, a waterfall, a suicide bridge, and a hanging bridge, the park is also believed by esotericists to be a sight of immense energy emanating from a sealed off chamber beneath the ground. What starts off as a game becomes an addiction as the couple meet nightly at the park and depart at dawn while the viewer observes the daily (and nightly) visitors to the park - including a vagrant (Fabrice Adde, THE REVENANT) dwelling in the grotto while writing a tome on eco-psychology - in the present and in the past (via film footage from the beginning of last century) and also hear a case history of a man who underwent a psychological withdrawal of a sort after a change in his routine of passing through the park on the way to his job for over thirty years. Just as the atmosphere of the park influences the mysterious bent of their relationship, so too does the park take on a more sinister aspect to them as their relationship isolates them from the outside world: Theodore starts experiencing asthma attacks only during the day and Anna stops visiting her mother and concerned sister (Sarah Le Picard, ALIYAH). A trip to the seaside and an attempt at functioning like a normal couple offers temporary respite but one of them is drawn fatally back to the park.

Eric Cotenas


Theatrical Release: 15 June 2012 (French TV)

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DVD Review: Omnbius Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC

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Omnbius Entertainment

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:06:54

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.53 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, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Omnbius Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
� Start-up Trailers
� About Film Movement

DVD Release Date: March 1st, 2016

Chapters 12





Omnibus' single-layer disc presents a serviceable progressive, anamorphic encode of this gorgeous French TV movie. The disc includes two identical stereo tracks although only subtitles can be selected from the menu. The only extras are start-up trailers for BREATHE and 2 AUTUMNS, 3 WINTERS.

  - Eric Cotenas


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