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Park Benches (2009)

Catherine Deneuve , Chiara Mastroianni , Bruno Podalydès  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni
  • Directors: Bruno Podalydès
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: July 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B004XZ99UU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,280 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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As she does every morning, Lucie (Florence Muller, Public Fears in Private Places) joins her colleagues at the office with a smile. It s a working day just like any other. Then suddenly, all activity in the office stops and attention turns toward a window of the building across the way and a banner reading: Man Alone. Is it a hoax? A cry for help? Everyone has their own interpretation, and will try to discover what lies behind this mysterious message. With nearly 90 speaking parts and an all-star cast including the iconic Catherine Deneuve, Mathieu Amalric (Quantum of Solace) and Chiara Mastroianni (Persepolis), PARK BENCHES is a treat for anyone who delights in unraveling the mysteries of everyday life.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sight gags and Parisian local color July 26, 2011
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Judge James A. Stewart, DVD Verdict-- The first dialogue in Park Benches comes a few minutes in, when Lucie is accosted by a group of street marketers from Brico Dream who want to sell her some shower nozzles. This was the point where I realized that I'd forgotten to turn on the English-language subtitles, and I couldn't understand the dialogue with my meager knowledge of French. I started over, and when I got back to that scene, I realized that I already had the gist and didn't really need the actual words. There are some funny lines--it's not quite Mr. Hulot's Holiday--but director Bruno Podalydés knows his way around sight gags. The tone at Lucie's office is captured quickly when you see what's on the computers--Pacman, an apartment hunt, and personal ads--and when you see the crowd gather to greet Lucie and her fellow explorers as they return from the unsuccessful attempt to meet "Homme Seul." At Brico Dream, a team member's oddly placed tool looks like, well, a tool, a big coffee machine requires some surreal giant batteries, and a game of charades explains a problem with a drill.

There are gags with words, as when a man and a woman discuss their loneliness with unknown friends on cell phones and then suddenly meet--and completely fail to hit it off. However, you'd be able to get by on just the gestures and actions of the non-couple. Occasional bits like some dirty malaprops or some trash talking on the playground do require subtitles or knowledge of French, though.

Very little of Park Benches revolves around the "Homme Seul" banner, although Lucie does eventually get to meet the lonely man and find that the mystery isn't all that mysterious.
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