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André Téchiné Four-Film Collector's Edition (Hôtel des Amériques / J'embrasse pas / My Favorite Season / Wild Reeds)
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In addition to giving a broad idea of Techiné's career, the collection allows one to see the wonderful Catherine Deneuve twice (in "Hotel America" and "My favourite season"), as well as other familiar French actors, like Daniel Auteuil ("My favourite season") and Philippe Noiret ("I don't kiss").
"Hotel America" shows how obsessive love can construct and destruct lives. As the film is understated in the European way, it is useful to see it more than once to begin sensing the attraction of the protagonists to each other.
"I don't kiss" portrays the life journey of a young man who has fallen out with his family and works hard to rebuild his life in the seedy underworld of Paris. The young Marcel Blanc was awarded a César as Most Promising Actor for his role.
In "My favourite season" an estranged brother and sister (Auteuil and Deneuve) have to decide what is best for their ageing mother. The subtle complexities and interplay of interpersonal relationships are wonderfully depicted.
"Wild reeds" is often regarded as Techiné's masterpiece, and the intricate complications of young people coming of age, especially within a difficult period of French history (the years just before Algeria's independence), make this tale particularly enjoyable. Interesting to see the young Gael Morel as an actor - he became a strong director in his own right, making searing and violent films like "The Clan".Read more ›
Allow me to discuss briefly most of the films included in this collection.
Manon 70: It's a fun movie to watch. Perhaps it drags a little but you get to see Catherine portray a playful vixen.
Le sauvage: Catherine makes a great pair with Yves Montand in this one! Seeing the film being shot in Caracas Venezuela in the 70's was especially a treat for me personally.
Hôtel des amériques: I think this one is considered the best one in this set by most people. I think it was a good film. Dramatic and icy at times. The story is definitely intriguing and has a fine ending.
Le choc: Many would argue that there is a better film of Catherine with Alain Delon out there called Un Flic directed by Jean Pierre Melville. While I'll agree with that notion, I'll also say that Le Choc wasn't necessarily bad. It's a gangster story with a dramatic romantic flair.
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I bought this item because I was promised $10 off my purchase. The gift code failed to work and so I paid more than I intended.Published 2 months ago by Roger Todd
One of the dumbest movies ever made. If this is emblematic of How the French think no wonder they need their fannies bailed out every couple of generationsPublished 19 months ago by Kindle Customer
This set has pretty interesting movies with Catherine Deneuve, and the one with Alain Delon is really one of the more enjoyable ones.Published 23 months ago by sonia
Enjoyed the video and would recommend for adult audiences only. Overall plot was a little far fetched but action kept it interesting.Published 23 months ago by lparsh
I’ve been a fan of Andre Techine for a few years now. His string of films in the early 90’s were just incredible, and so when I saw that three of those films were together in this... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Andrew Ellington
Catherine is easy to look at the movie not so much. I did not finish it. I do not recommend.Published on February 3, 2014 by Don Roberto
this movie is not worth getting at all. It is a very poor plot, not well written and the acting sub par. Its not worth the time or moneyPublished on January 21, 2014 by Joe Julian
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