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Paul Dedalus is standing at the crossroads of his life. He must choose his direction in life, in his career, and in his love life as he sits in fear of the despairing life that his father is unable to escape from. Featuring an extraordinary cast of France's most promising young actors and actresses, "My Sex Life" is a witty look at a group of twenty-something grad students trying to cope with life, love and everything in between.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Devos, Emmanuel Salinger, Marianne Denicourt, Thibault de Montalembert
  • Directors: Arnaud Desplechin
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fox Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: July 5, 2000
  • Run Time: 178 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TBFR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,307 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "My Sex Life... Or How I Got Into An Argument" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

Problem 3: The video quality is terrible.
Dara Parsavand
Do not be put off by the serious and cerebral topics of this film: It is extremely funny, but in an intelligent sort of way.
Karyn
Too bad, because I really enjoyed this movie.
David Chatenay

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Karyn on April 30, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
If you're looking for steamy sex scenes, forget it; while this movie does deal with sex, it does so through discussion and debate, two highly-regarded French art forms! (Perhaps a lot of the disappointment surrounding this film is due to the fact that the title was inversed when it was released in the U.S.: The French title is "How I Got Into an Argument (My Sex Life).") But don't write the film off yet; it is an excellent thinking-person's romantic comedy.
Mathieu Amalric is superb as Paul Dedalus, the central character of the film. (Amalric is excellent in any movie, actually.) Paul is a graduate student instructor who is brilliant, but lazy, and undecided in all the major areas of his life. He is too afraid to dedicate himself to a career as a professor, so he has been delaying writing his doctoral thesis for years. Though he has been with Esther for ten years, that does not indicate any form of commitment on his end, as he will not let the relationship mature or change in any form; he cannot break up with her, and he cannot remain faithful to her. Paul idolizes his only friend, Nathan, a professor of the same age who is not as brilliant as Paul, but has had the admirable drive to at least complete his thesis and secure a teaching post at the university. At the same time, Paul despises his ex-best friend Frederic, who is nearly as bright as Paul, but has an obsessive ambition and forceful ego that have propelled him to department chair over Paul. Paul has affairs with Nathan's girlfriend Sylvia, and her sister-in-law Valerie (both of whom have emotional/mental problems of their own), justifying that each one is better than Esther because they either have a job, a place of their own, and/or educational goals (none of which Paul really has for himself).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marguerite Zelle on March 13, 2001
Format: DVD
the first hour of this movie satisfactorily grabbbed my attention, and based on the comments of other amazon customers, i expected it to improve considerably. it didn't.
i knew a great deal of the movie would be conversations. unfortunately, most of them were rather banal. for substance, there was one glib quote by kierkegaard and one by kundera. some of the main character's reflections on the nature of relationship were somewhat insightful. however, most of the other talk centered, unfortunately, on the other characters' sexual ups and downs, which is not necessarily awful, if you like that sort of thing.
aside from that, the acting was good, the actresses rather enchanting. although i did find the contrast peculiar, in the scenes in which they were totally nude and the males fully dressed, which was the standard within the film.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Maruta on December 24, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Well I guess I should apologize for loving a movie that is such a caricatural example of young French cinema's self-pitying introspection, or for the unsettling sensation this movie gives me of knowing who the characters are in real life. But nevermind, these are prejudices that the engrossing wily and literary narrative and the superb actor play brushed off very quickly. Also noted some very eerie scenes: would-be catholic vicar discussing sex and "how to beat the Protestants"; how to get rid of a dead monkey stuck behind a heater. Extremely enjoyable.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dara Parsavand on December 14, 2000
Format: DVD
First of all, I like this movie and had seen it on VHS before ordering it on DVD. I thought it would be a good movie to learn some French by turning off the subtitles since it has a lot of dialog and is long. I was wrong.
Problem 1: You can't turn the subtitles off.
This is ridiculous for as recent a movie as this. They obviously could have found a print without the subtitles and then offered subtle options on the DVD menu.
Problem 2: The subtitles are in white.
Again ridiculous - yellow or white with a thin black border obviously work better when against a white tablecloth or sheet (which happens several times).
Problem 3: The video quality is terrible. I've watched 50 or so DVD's by now and this one is not up to par - it almost looks like it is raining in some of the darker scenes outside. They even left the annoying marks on the upper right for a film reel change in. I can't wait till all films are just shot digitally in the first place, so we never have to get stuck with these bad transfers again.
My advice is to rent it, or if you have a player for the European region, perhaps their version is better.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 2003
Format: DVD
This is a lovely film, at least it was when I saw its premier screening at the MFA in Boston. I loved the characters & dialogue, had been eagerly awaiting its appearance as/on a dvd, but, while it's here, the transfer/compression of it blows. The image quality's so poor & the colors incredibly bleached out. I wan my money back & or a better transfer (preferably). To whom do I bring my complaint to? Do the europeans lack for technology? A poor transfer was also done to another great (foreign) film, a Spanish one, titled "Vacas", which is a great film, though, not on dvd.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 21, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
The person above who gave this film 1 star...don't pay attention to that. The film is a masterpiece. Better than Rohmer's finest work (which I consider to be CLAIRE'S KNEE). This film is a revelation. French cinema had bored me for most of the last 15 years - this was a wake-up call. It makes me so happy that this film exists. It's a beautiful, lyrical effort. 3 hours fly by like they were mere minutes. The only other time in recent years that 3 hours seemed to pass so quickly was with BREAKING THE WAVES. And I like this film even more. Amalric is the greatest French actor working today.
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