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The Trilogy (2000)

Catherine Frot , Lucas Belvaux , Lucas Belvaux  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Catherine Frot, Lucas Belvaux, Dominique Blanc, Ornella Muti, Gilbert Melki
  • Directors: Lucas Belvaux
  • Writers: Lucas Belvaux
  • Producers: Arlette Zylberberg, Diana Elbaum, Patrick Sobelman
  • Format: Box set, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Arts Alliance Amer
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 341 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BDGWH6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,052 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Trilogy" on IMDb

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Dvd. 3 films 1) on the Run 2) An Amazing Couple 3) After Life

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5.0 out of 5 stars Quiet, restrained, slow, no flash, no obvious SFX October 10, 2007
Format:DVD
Either you enjoy European cinema or you don't.

Hollywood blockbusters overwhelm your senses and leave you breathless and dazed but without being too intellectually demanding; Quentin Tarentino not withstanding Hollywood doesn't leave audiences confused. The Hollywood philosophy is that people don't want to think when they go to the movies. I believe this is true for most people most of the time. (Well it's true for me anyway.) I also believe that most people do enjoy something thoughtful some of the time and Lucas Belvaux's trilogy then fits the bill.

The three movies of the trilogy do not take place one after the other, but all at the same time. We see the same people and sometimes the same scenes but following a different dramatic progression.

The movies follow three women, Cécile, Jeanne, and Agnès. They teach at the same university in Grenoble, France. All women appear in all three movies, but each film focuses on just one.

The first film starts with a worried Cécile organizing a surprise party for her hypochondriac husband Alain who is trying to hide his (he belives) terminal condition from her. She mistakenly suspects him of having an affair. The surprise party scenes appear in all three films. Her colleagues Jeanne and Agnès both come, and Agnès faints after drinking too much champagne.

The second film, with the most complex plot of the three, centers on an old Marxist revolutionary friend of Jeanne's named Bruno. Bruno escapes from jail and makes for Grenoble where he tries to enlist Jeanne in continuing the revolution. She's now a married mother and refuses, but provides some assistance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating 'Trilogy' January 6, 2012
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The first part of Belvaux's 'The Trilogy', where three films with very
different tones overlap some characters and incidents.

This first part is a taught, well made, violent thriller, following an
escaped communist revolutionary, determined to return to the bombing
and violence that put him in jail 20 years ago, while settling old
scores with enemies, and re-contacting old allies.

Belvaux shows daring in not working to make his character very
sympathetic, and allowing our initial almost automatic sympathy for our
lead character to be ever more harshly challenged. We come slowly to
realize this is a violent zealot, unmoved by the fact that the
revolution that seemed to make sense as a young man now seems arbitrary
and insane, and that his callous disregard for his victims isn't much
of a start on a new world order.

In a vacuum, this dark, cynical noir would still be a good film, but
with the next part of the Trilogy, it gains in levels and meanings.

There are real flaws here - a few plot twists are hard to buy, some
character behavior unclear (although less unclear after part 2). A guy
this smart wouldn't make a couple of the mistakes he does. And the
score is frustratingly repetitious. But it's never boring, always
involving, and with the next film, it's something more.

BTW, frustratingly I noticed Amazon has put this review, which was
written only for the first part of 'The Trilogy' - 'On the Run' -
on the whole set.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needy People = Boring People November 20, 2005
Format:DVD
"The Trilogy" is a 2-disc set that consists of 3 award-winning films that intersect, with the same time-frame viewed from different perspectives, enabling the ensemble cast to take turns in the lead roles. The concept is clever, but the individual lives it follows are empty of meaning, creatures of habit and need, and 341 minutes of watching them mangle their lives can be quite tiresome. Writer/director/actor Lucas Belvaux has assembled a fine group of actors, and the production, filmed in Grenoble and its environs is good, though the pacing at times is very slow, and the plot lines are stretched to their limit.

Trilogy One: "Cavale" ("On the Run"), is about a terrorist who escapes from prison after 15 years of a 30-year sentence. He's an arrogant thug who kills with impunity for his "cause," and after his breakout contacts his old comrades to either make them complicit in his plans or to shoot them. The ending however is perhaps the best thing in the entire trilogy. Director Belvaux plays Bruno the thug, and Catherine Frot plays Jeanne.

Trilogy Two: "Un Couple Ëpatant" ("An Amazing Couple"), is "comedic relief," with some Keystone Kops moments that are sometimes amusing. It is about a forgetful hypochondriac and his wife, who both suspect each other of being unfaithful. Ornella Muti plays Cécile, and François Morel is Alain.

Trilogy Three: "Apres la Vie" ("After Life"), follows the life of heroin addict Agnes, and her husband, a policeman, Pascal. He becomes her "pusher," and she manipulates his love with her needs. Agnes is on the surface a character who would evoke compassion, but she is ultimately a "user" in every sense of the word, dominated by her selfishness, and one of the 2 least likeable characters in the trilogy, the other being the other model of selfishness, the despicable Bruno. Pascal is weak, and not more than the fly in her web. Dominique Blanc is Agnes, and Gilbert Melki is Pascal.
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I just recently watched "On the Run" from Netflix. Although it was a Netflix-specific disc -- it even said "Netflix" on the DVD menu -- I'd be willing to bet that the actual movie transfer is the same.

In any case, the version I saw was in French, with permanent English... Read More
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