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Acclaimed French author Marguerite Duras (Hiroshima Mon Amour) directs renowned French star Jeanne Moreau (Jules and Jim) in this elliptical, elusory story about the world of women in which dull domestic ritual masks an undercurrent of lurking violence.
Moreau and Lucia Bose costar as two friends who worry about the violent behavior of Bose s daughter, discuss the immigration status of their housekeeper, and contemplate the news about escaped convicts as they do the breakfast dishes. Gerard Depardieu appears as a door-to-door salesman who mistakes their nonchalance as an invitation to hang around.
A precursor to the work of Chantal Ackerman and Claire Denis, NATHALIE GRANGER is a landmark of women s cinema.
-About Nathalie Granger, Interviews with Script Supervisor Geneviève Dufour, Assistant Director Benoit Jacquot and Producer Luc Moullet
-Marguerite Duras' Film Writing, interview with Duras Society Chairperson Madeleine Borgomano
-Collectible Booklet

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  • Actors: Lucia Bosé, Jeanne Moreau, Gérard Depardieu, Luce Garcia-Ville, Nathalie Bourgeois
  • Directors: Marguerite Duras
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: FACETS
  • DVD Release Date: May 27, 2008
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001570H7S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #485,023 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Daryl Chin on March 3, 2008
Format: DVD
This edition of Marguerite Duras's film NATHALIE GRANGER has been available in France for about a year; it was issued by Blaq Out in a Region 0 NTSC edition, and presumably this is the same package now being made available in the US. Duras, one of the major French writers of the 20th Century, wrote the script for the classic HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR in 1959; depressed by adaptations of her novels, such as THE SAILOR FROM GIBRALTAR (directed by Tony Richardson) and 10:30 PM SUMMER (directed by Jules Dassion), Duras decided to make her own movies; though her work was often difficult in the extreme, she became a prolific filmmaker in the 1970s, and NATHALIE GRANGER is one of her finest films.

This is a subtle, mysterious work, full of intimations of violence (as in the very first scene, where the schoolteacher talks about "that violence!" but when we see the girl, she is very quiet, almost docile), yet the surface of the film is unnervingly calm and placid. Two women (played by two of the most mesmerizing actresses, Jeanne Moreau and Lucia Bose) enact a number of domestic rituals (dredging the pool, etc.); reviewing the film when it showed at the New York Film Festival, Manny Farber and Pat Patterson noted that the two actresses moved through the film like becalmed majesties.

Made in 1972, this film is a precursor to the domestic epic of Chantal Akerman's JEANNE DIELMAN. The black-and-white cinematography of Ghislain Cloquet is full of subtle gradations and glimmerings, recalling the pearly magnificence of his work for Robert Bresson on AU HASARD, BALTHAZAR and MOUCHETTE. As with most of her novels, the method Duras uses in this film is one of indirection, allusion, and suggestiveness.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tracy H on February 14, 2014
Format: DVD
I have nothing substantive or critical to add to Mr. Chin's good comments, but I personally enjoyed 'Nathalie Granger' tremendously. It is one of the few films I have seen in the past several years that reshaped my understanding of quality in the medium, and recalibrates the scale by which I judge films. Other works that made a similar impact include Zoltán Huszárik's 'Szindbád' and Frantisek Vláčil's 'Marketa Lazarová'.
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