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One of the most important figures in contemporary cinema, Pedro Costa s celebrated music documentary is a mesmerizing portrait of French actress-turned-singer Jeanne Balibar, a transfixing, cigarette-smoking chanteuse with an intense devotion to her craft. Photographed in shimmering black-and-white and featuring a soundtrack of jazz-inflected pop songs, Ne Change Rien is a luminous exploration of the creative process.

- The End of a Love Affair (8 minutes), a short film by Pedro Costa
- Additional performances: "Le Tour Du Monde," "A Safe Place" and "Les Petits Papiers"
- "Tronomettes," eight musical sketches by Jeanne Balibar
- International TV Spots
- Theatrical Trailer
- Teaser Trailer
- Booklet featuring notes by Pedro Costa


"Entrancing. Something between a portrait and a performance doc. Stunning and beyond atmospheric." --J. Hoberman, Village Voice

"Both a startling and lucid lesson in filming musical performance and a cinephilic marvel... The sensual, velvety, high-contrast black-and-white images capture the exertions and exultations of music-making.... Costa s film was born under the virtual gaze of three artistic godfathers with original approaches to filming musical performances Godard, Chris Marker, and Jean-Marie Straub and, in the course of this bracing, fascinating feature, he conjures them all." --Richard Brody, The New Yorker

"A visual and aural delight." --New York Post

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  • Actors: Jeanne Balibar
  • Directors: Pedro Costa
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Cinema Guild
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2011
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0055SLB3C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,739 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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My favorite part of this film has got to be the way that Costa set up the well known shot--you can see it on youtube--where Balibar is framed with the neck of a guitar of a player in her ensemble. Whether he realizes it or not, this is a direct visual quote by Costa from Jane Russell's and Robert Mitchum's "His Kind of Woman"--the scene where Russell, who plays chanteuse Lenore Brent, is framed by the guitar of a Mexican guitarist.

It's a funny sort of ironic quote, given that Russell was a well known arch-conservative and Balibar has taken a stand against French government policy towards immigrants. Balibar's father, moreover, is a well known Marxist philosopher. But then again, Russell did sing about "San Berdoo," i.e. San Bernadino; and Balibar pere has taught at UC Irvine, which is not that far from San Berdoo. So maybe there is a fun bit of cultural geography at play here. Who knows.

Otherwise, this film, as I believe Straub told Costa, really does go for the obvious.

As Costa has said in an interview, for example, Balibar has "lost so much." She can't keep up with the Offenbach. She can't keep up with her voice coach either.

Costa frames her throughout this film to show her display much more grace than she seems to possess when she is featured on French television and in French cinema. By enclosing her body tightly within the frame, you can't see her flail in this film like you can in such other contexts. She evidently admires C Lombard, who, if anyone, was an exemplar of graceful, physical comedy. But Balibar, unfortunately, hasn't been able to pull off such dexterity.

Costa seems a bit conflicted about Balibar as a muse. He has contrasted her to I.
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