Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michele's life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game--a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control.
Twenty years after David Cronenberg prophesised the dark side of the Internet age in Videodrome, acclaimed French filmmaker Olivier Assayas (Irma Vep) updated it for the New Millennium in his startlingly prescient Demonlover, a chilling exploration of the nexus between sex and violence available at the click of a button. Up-and-coming executive Diane (Connie Nielsen, One Hour Photo) lets nothing stand in her way when it comes to landing the lucrative Tokyo Anime contract for the Volf Corporation, guaranteeing worldwide exclusive rights to the latest in cutting-edge hentai. Despised by her assistant (Chloe Sevigny, American Psycho) and engaged in a risky game of corporate espionage, her ruthless ambition meets its match in Elaine (Gina Gershon, Bound), the charismatic representative of an American Internet porn company called Demonlover. However, the company is only the front for an online portal to the Hellfire Club, which gives its users control over the next big thing in interactive extreme pornography: real women, tortured according to subscribers whims, in real time. Diane wants a piece of the action, and will stop at nothing to get it; but as she delves deeper into the twisted world of the Hellfire Club, reality slips away and the stakes of the game are raised to the point of no return. Armed with an iconic score by art-rock pioneers Sonic Youth, Assayas neo-noir/cyberhorror masterpiece is finally unleashed for the first time on Blu-Ray, with revealing extras and a new director-approved restoration. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS Brand new 2K restoration of the 121-minute director s cut, approved by Olivier Assayas High Definition Blu-Ray (1080p) presentation Original 5.1 DTS-HD master audio Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Audio commentary by writer/director Olivier Assayas New visual essay written and narrated by critic Jonathan Romney Peripherie de Demonlover, an hour-long behind-the-scenes documentary directed by Yorick Le Saux Archive interviews with Olivier Assayas, Connie Nielsen, Chloe Sevigny and Charles Berling SY NYC 12/12/01: The Demonlover Sessions, a fly-on-the-wall documentary about the recording of the music score by Sonic Youth Q&A with Olivier Assayas filmed at the Wexner Center for the Arts in 2003 Extended version of the Hellfire Club sequence Original theatrical trailers Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Anne Billson
Pierre (Charles Berling) and Benoit (Yvan Attal) and have been the worlds best friends for 20 years. For 20 years Pierre has been exploiting his charm wackiness cheek and genuine ability to please; for 20 years Benoit has been working hard at his life paying for his friend quietly waiting for love to hit him wanting whats sensible. Marie (Charlotte Gainsbourg) is shy or rather discreet and thinks she knows what she wants. She is looking for a Benoit but marries Pierre. How do you take the news that your best friend is madly in love with your wife? How do you go from a couple of friends to a loving couple to an infernal triangle?
Starring iconic actress Isabelle Huppert in a career-defining role, Elle is already one of the most acclaimed films of the year. Huppert is MichÃ¨le LeBlanc; founder and CEO of a successful video game company, who is attacked in her own home. Taking what appears to be a desire to shrug off the terrifying incident, she locks the door after her attacker and refuses to tell the police. Upending our expectations, MichÃ¨le begins to track down her assailant, and soon they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game, one that at any moment may spiral out of control. From legendary filmmaker Paul Verhoeven, Elle is a gripping psychological noir thriller. Exhilarating and multi-layered, the film recalls the ambience of Hitchcock, De Palma and Polanski, with a thrilling cerebral edge.
A poor nobleman has a plan to rid his homeland of its disease infested swamp. To do this he needs backing and so heads to the court of King Louis XV1 in a bid to solicit aid. He soon discovers that the worthiness of the plan itself will not grant him an audience with the King at Versailles the sharpnesss of ones wit is what gets you noticed. Those found lacking in the art of wordmanship are maliciously despatched Patrice Leconte's lavish superbly written costume drama was a BAFTA winner and nominated for both an Oscar and the Palm D'Or. Available for the first time on DVD!
Three estranged siblings must each come to terms with the death of their mother in this touching drama by Olivier Assayas.
In this French drama a group of mourners travel from Paris to Limoges to attend the funeral of a tyrannical painter they all knew.
Engrossing, erotic and sometimes comic, 'L'Ennui' tells the story of restless philosophy professor Martin (Charles Berling), tired of teaching and troubled by the happiness of his ex-wife (Arielle Dombasle). His mid-life crises takes a turn when he meets the young, enigmatic and far from intellectual Cecilia (Sophie Guillemin), with whom he embarks upon a sexually-charged affair. Enlisting his ex-wife as a reluctant confidante, Martin claims that he is bored by Cecilia, yet continues to see her, fascinated by her uncomplicated attitude toward love, life and sex. But, upon learning that Cecilia is also seeing a much younger man, Martin's desire becomes tainted with jealousy and eventually becomes an uncontrollable obsession that threatens to consume him. French Soundtrack with English Subtitles
On the day of his ninth birthday Camille announces to his mother Ariane (Isabelle Huppert) that he wants to go home to his ""real"" mother. Realising that her son isn't playing games Ariane agrees to take Camille to an address he gives her an apartment on the far side of Paris she doesn't know. There lives an enigmatic woman called Isabella (Jeanne Balibar) whose own son born the same time as Camille drowned two years ago. Ariane looks helplessly on as Camille throws himself int
In January of 1966, the police discover the body of a man named George Figon in a Parisian apartment.
Cool, subtle psychological drama is a French speciality, and Anne Fontaine's Comment J'ai Tue Mon Pere ("How I Killed My Father") is an ultra-classy specimen of the genre. A study in the way emotional paralysis gets passed on from one generation to the next, it often recalls Philip Larkin's famous lines, "They fuck you up, your mum and dad; they may not mean to, but they do." Jean-Luc, a wealthy gerontologist to the ageing rich of Versailles (that's the town, rather than the ex-royal palace) gets a letter from Africa telling him his father's dead. Since his parent walked out on him and his brother when they were little, he's not too shattered by the news. But next thing he knows, the old boy has shown up and invited himself in for an indefinite stay. And under his blandly disruptive gaze, all the hidden faultlines in Jean-Luc's life--in his marriage, his relationships with his mistress and his failed-actor younger brother--start cracking wide open. Fontaine's film has points in common with Nanni Moretti's masterly The Son's Room, which also showed a professional man's seemingly flawless life crumbling under unforeseen family stresses. But befitting its Italian setting, that was a far warmer and less inhibited set-up. As Jean-Luc, Charles Berling's ice-blue eyes and chiselled good looks seem frozen in a mask of tight repression, and he's superbly matched by veteran actor Michel Bouquet as Maurice, his manipulative father. Both actors, and Stéphane Guillon as Jean-Luc's brother, are impeccably cast and it's easy to believe these three are closely related. The stiffly formal architecture of Versailles makes an ideal backdrop, and there's a quietly ominous score from British composer Jocelyn Pook, who also scored Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut. Ultimately Fontaine tantalisingly leaves us guessing whether Maurice really does return, or whether he's a ghost conjured! up from his son's guilt-ridden subconscious. On the DVD: How I Killed My Father on disc offers nothing but the theatrical trailer; a missed opportunity given that Fontaine, whose fifth feature this is, is little-known outside France. The transfer is full-screen; visual and sound quality is flawless. --Philip Kemp
French comedy directed Jean-Michel Ben Soussan. After being encouraged by his German teacher to invite a German pen pal to stay in order to improve his language skills, high school student Malo (Jimmy Labeeu) hopes for a beautiful girl he can hopefully hook up with. However, when his guest turns out to be headstrong punk Sasha (Sophie Mousel), the pair struggle to get along as their friendship gets off on the wrong foot. The cast also includes Charles Berling, Sylvie Testud and Frank Bellocq.
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