"Director: Jean Becker"

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  • Conversations With My Gardner [DVD]Conversations With My Gardner | DVD | (31/08/2009) from £9.79   |  Saving you £8.20 (83.76%)   |  RRP £17.99

    In Jean Becker's Conversations With My Gardner a middle-aged landscape painter played by Daniel Auteuil recently separated who has lived for many years in Paris returns to the house in the country where he grew up and which he's inherited from his mother. He hires a local gardener Jean-Pierre Darroussin and soon discovers they were best friends at school together. Based on a book by Henri Cueco this is mainly a two-hander for the talents of Auteuil and Darroussin. As two old friends they spend a lot of time talking philosophizing and reminiscing. This relaxed and in some ways quintessentially French film is appealing simply because it is content to explore in a gentle way a long-standing friendship. As the seasons change eternal truths come into perspective.

  • Elisa [1995]Elisa | DVD | (02/04/2007) from £11.48   |  Saving you £5.50 (57.96%)   |  RRP £14.99

    Marie (Vanessa Paradis) is a teenage hustler who lives on the streets and survives on her wits. Joined by her sidekicks Solange and Ahmed she spends her days misbehaving and generally having a good time. But she is haunted by the memory of her mother's suicide and is determined to seek revenge against those who drove her to desperation.

  • One Deadly SummerOne Deadly Summer | DVD | (23/08/2004) from £9.43   |  Saving you £6.56 (69.57%)   |  RRP £15.99

    It is high summer in the south of France and one family's peace is about to be disturbed by Elle (Isabelle Adjani) a young woman with revenge on her mind. Elle is a beautiful moody and unsettlingly provocative 19-year-old who returns to the quiet Provence village of her birth to look after her crippled father and German mother. Initially her arousing presence enlivens the usually staid village captivating the young men Pin Pon (Alain Souchon) in particular. But as Elle gradu

  • Welcome Aboard [DVD]Welcome Aboard | DVD | (05/11/2012) from £3.99   |  Saving you £12.00 (300.75%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Taillandier (Patrick Chesnais) is a well-known painter in his sixties, but despite his success he finds himself overwhelmed by depression and decides to give up on his art. With no direction or destination in mind, he leaves his home without giving an explanation to even those closest to him. During his travels he has an unlikely encounter with Marylou (Jeanne Lambert), a young girl rejected by her own mother and also seeking out her path in life. As the pair travels together the bond between them grows closer, akin to a father-daughter relationship, as they give each other the helping hand they both need to make sense of their lives once more.

  • One Deadly Summer [DVD]One Deadly Summer | DVD | (27/05/2013) from £20.23   |  Saving you £-5.24 (N/A%)   |  RRP £14.99

    Fuelled by a scorchingly erotic performance from Isabelle Adjani, the ingeniously plotted One Deadly Summer spirals from provincial drama into a disturbing and complex psychological thriller, proving itself among the most under-rated of modern French films. In the hottest summer since Body Heat, Eliane (Adjani) and local mechanic Pin Pon (Alain Souchon) begin an affair then marry. From this starting point (a similar plot device to Chabrol's Le Boucher, 1969), life in a beautiful small town in Southern France begins to come apart. Under Jean Becker's direction every character is fully rounded, and the naturalistic tone adds considerably to the impact of an intense drama that offers the perfect showcase for Adjani, establishing once and for all what an extraordinarily accomplished actress she can be. Where Beatrice Dalle in Betty Blue was similarly erotically charged and mentally unstable, Eliane has a dark and obsessive agenda that anticipates the sexual psychosis of Basic Instinct. Combining an art-house love of the French countryside with more class than a dozen Hollywood erotic thrillers, One Deadly Summer is a striking vision of sex gone bad which builds to a shocking climax. It deserves to take its place as a modern classic. --Gary S Dalkin

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