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Madame Bovary Review

Very Good
Claude Chabrol hasn't made many adaptations of classic literature, but he proves to have a capable, if stuffy, hand with Madame Bovary. Isabelle Huppert takes center stage as a poor gal who just wants to get ahead. She does so by marrying one Dr. Charles Bovary, who truns out to be a real drip. Driven by passion, she embarks on a series of affairs while taking on debt to pay for her finery, debt which eventually drives her to extreme measures. Huppert has an interesting take on the character, but the rest of the cast is rather staid. Typical period flourishes abound, too.

Weekend Review

Weekend is probably Jean-Luc Godard's most renowned, disturbing, and controversial film finally comes to DVD, where old school fans can rediscover it, and modern filmgoers can give it a spin and say, "What the hell!?"

The film is a broad indictment of consumerism, politics, and pretty much everything about humanity in general. In essence it's a story about a couple who try to take a weekend vacation in France, only to be stymied at every turn by traffic, revolutionaries, and ultimately murder in the woods. It's basically a comedy, inasmuch as any film in which a civil war erupts and people get eaten by each other can be considered comedy.

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The Brotherhood Of The Wolf Review

Brutal. Ugly. Predictable. Boring. Stereotypical. Comical. Violent. Lethargic. Seven words to describe the hellish cinema experience of The Brotherhood of the Wolf. Alas, I forgot two more epitaphs: disappointing and plagiaristic.

The Brotherhood of the Wolf has all of the makings of a great French epic. Dashing leading men including Vincent Cassel (The Crimson Rivers), voluptuous women such as Emilie Dequenne and Monica Bellucci, a promising storyline packed full of complex, daunting elements of suspense and mystery, and impressive production values clearly evident in costuming and set design. The problem is that this film is about as French in style and execution as McDonald's French fries.

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Le Boucher Review

Written 20 years later, Le Boucher could have been a Danielle Steel book. The story follows a quiet French woman who begins an affair with the local butcher, just as locals begin turning up murdered. Is he the culprit or is she just paranoid? This theme's been done to death in years since, and Boucher doesn't add a whole lot to the experience. Stéphane Audran's heroine is hard to love, she's just so plain, and Jean Yanne's cigarette-toting villain/non-villain is smarmy but doesn't quite strike the right chord between good guy and bad. An interesting effort from Claude Chabrol, but not his best work.

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This Man Must Die Review

Possibly Claude Chabrol's finest work, a dark, moody, and endlessly compelling look at a hit and run that takes the life of a young boy. His father (Michel Duchaussoy), a writer of children's books, embarks on a crusade to find and murder the driver. Midway through the film, he finally does find his man, only to discover his family hates him just as much as our hero does! Capturing his violent thoughts in a diary, it becomes the only evidence against him when the deed is finally done -- but who really did the crime? It happens off camera, and the answer is vague. Two people end up confessing. We never quite found out who's telling the truth. Wrestling over it in your mind will give you a headache, but it's a pain that hurts good.

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A La Mode Review

Relatively silly coming of age story of a kid who makes his mark -- as the only straight male in the fashion industry -- and all the girls love him! We should all be so lucky. In French with subtitles.

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Victory Review

Fairly pedantic and plodding, this period piece, set in 1913 in the Dutch East Indies (ah, I remember the Dutch East Indies...), this film has all the makings of a sultry romance (think The Piano) but never amounts to much more than a watery day-trip.

The convoluted story has a female violinist (Irène Jacob) shanghaied from her indentured servitude by a semi-wealthy island-dweller (Willem Dafoe). Naturally, the woman's owner becomes a bit miffed and sends some goons (including Rufus Sewell and Sam Neill in a rare bad-guy role) after them. Imagine the hijinks!

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Brutal. Ugly. Predictable. Boring. Stereotypical. Comical. Violent. Lethargic. Seven words to describe the hellish cinema...

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