Cement Garden

Cement Garden

Director: Andrew Birkin, Andrew Robertson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sinéad Cusack

Cast: Andrew Birkin, Andrew Robertson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sinéad Cusack

     
 
Andrew Birkin's erotic drama The Cement Garden comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer and production notes. This is a pedestrian release from New Yorker.

Overview

Andrew Birkin's erotic drama The Cement Garden comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer and production notes. This is a pedestrian release from New Yorker.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Laura Abraham
"Keep it in the family" takes on a new meaning -- both onscreen and off -- in Andrew Birkin's disturbing Cement Garden. The film stars two members of Birkin's own family, including his son Ned Birkin and his niece Charlotte Gainsbourgh as siblings Jack and Julie. The lack of parental control forces a mutation in the roles of brother and sister, a mutation that becomes the main theme of the tale. The performances of all four leads leaves a sense of repression and secrecy that is hard to shake. By underplaying their roles, Birkin and Gainsbourgh create a sense of claustrophobic creepiness that permeates the entire movie. While the film's central themes may be difficult to swallow, any viewer will be left with strong opinions, which is exactly what a film such as this should do. Cement Garden is based on a book by Ian McEwen, whose equally disturbing novel The Comfort of Strangers has also been made into a film.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/08/2000
UPC:
0717119620042
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
NR
Source:
New Yorker Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:45:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Andrew Robertson Jack
Charlotte Gainsbourg Julie
Sinéad Cusack Mother
Alice Coulthard Sue
Ned Birkin Tom
Hanns Zischler Father
Jochen Horst Derek, Julie's Friend
Mike Clark Van Passenger
William Hootkins Commander Hunt's Voice (english version) (voice)
Michael Mendl Commander Hunt's Voice (german version) (voice)

Technical Credits
Andrew Birkin Director,Screenwriter
Bernd Eichinger Executive Producer
Bernd Lepel Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer
Martin Moszkowicz Executive Producer
Guillaume Sciama Sound/Sound Designer
Ian McEwan Source Author

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Deadly Ground [4:25]
2. Stray Cats [3:49]
3. A Proper Burial [2:23]
4. "Dear Mum" [6:17]
5. Jack'S Lair [6:37]
6. 2 Pints Of Blood [11:54]
7. Tomara [5:02]
8. Cosmo [7:43]
9. Cheap Thrills [8:09]
10. Greensleeves [3:26]
11. Burning Desires [4:39]
12. Jealousy [14:58]
13. Jack And Julie [10:45]

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