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André Téchiné 4-Film Collector's Edition (Hôtel des Amériques / J'embrasse pas / My Favorite Season / Wild Reeds) [DVD]
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In addition to giving a broad idea of Techiné's career, the collection allows one to see the wonderful Catherine Deneuve twice (in "Hotel America" and "My favourite season"), as well as other familiar French actors, like Daniel Auteuil ("My favourite season") and Philippe Noiret ("I don't kiss").
"Hotel America" shows how obsessive love can construct and destruct lives. As the film is understated in the European way, it is useful to see it more than once to begin sensing the attraction of the protagonists to each other.
"I don't kiss" portrays the life journey of a young man who has fallen out with his family and works hard to rebuild his life in the seedy underworld of Paris. The young Marcel Blanc was awarded a César as Most Promising Actor for his role.
In "My favourite season" an estranged brother and sister (Auteuil and Deneuve) have to decide what is best for their ageing mother. The subtle complexities and interplay of interpersonal relationships are wonderfully depicted.
"Wild reeds" is often regarded as Techiné's masterpiece, and the intricate complications of young people coming of age, especially within a difficult period of French history (the years just before Algeria's independence), make this tale particularly enjoyable. Interesting to see the young Gael Morel as an actor - he became a strong director in his own right, making searing and violent films like "The Clan".Read more ›
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I bought this item because I was promised $10 off my purchase. The gift code failed to work and so I paid more than I intended.Published 9 months ago by Roger Todd
One of the dumbest movies ever made. If this is emblematic of How the French think no wonder they need their fannies bailed out every couple of generationsPublished on June 26, 2014 by Kindle Customer
This set has pretty interesting movies with Catherine Deneuve, and the one with Alain Delon is really one of the more enjoyable ones.Published on March 8, 2014 by sonia
Enjoyed the video and would recommend for adult audiences only. Overall plot was a little far fetched but action kept it interesting.Published on February 27, 2014 by lparsh
I’ve been a fan of Andre Techine for a few years now. His string of films in the early 90’s were just incredible, and so when I saw that three of those films were together in this... Read morePublished on February 10, 2014 by Andrew Ellington
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