Demonlover

Demonlover

Director: Olivier Assayas, Connie Nielsen, Charles Berling, Chloë Sevigny

Cast: Olivier Assayas, Connie Nielsen, Charles Berling, Chloë Sevigny

     
 

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This sinister cyber-sexual thriller has been given a strong presentation for its release on DVD. Demonlover has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been presented in two formats, Dolby Digital EX 5.1, and DTS ES 6.1; in addition

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This sinister cyber-sexual thriller has been given a strong presentation for its release on DVD. Demonlover has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been presented in two formats, Dolby Digital EX 5.1, and DTS ES 6.1; in addition to the original English-language soundtrack, dubbed versions in French and Japanese appear on this edition, as well as optional English subtitles. Bonus materials include an interview with director Olivier Assayas, a short documentary on the production of the film, a visit with legendary alternative rock band Sonic Youth as they discuss the music they wrote for the movie, interviews with members of the cast, additional footage from the "Hellfire Club" sequences, and the original theatrical trailer. Demonlover has been released on DVD in two different versions; this one has been edited from the director's original cut in order to receive an R rating.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Todd Kristel
Demonlover starts out as a sharply constructed corporate thriller, but the plot makes less literal sense as it progresses, and eventually the narrative becomes so disjointed that the movie seems almost dreamlike. This may be a deliberate ploy by writer/director Olivier Assayas; the same is probably true for the film's sterile settings, the cold and somewhat decontextualized images of sex and violence, and the moral and emotional emptiness of most of the characters. These filmmaking choices support the apparent message about the desensitization caused by corporate greed and pornography, but they don't provide much to engage the viewers emotionally. Most of the cutthroat characters lack humanity or depth; there are a few moments when Diane de Monx (Connie Nielsen) seems to be concerned about her own well being and some brief hints of Elise Lipsky's (Chloë Sevigny) home life, but only Elaine Si Gibril (Gina Gershon) has enough energy and panache to seem remotely likable. While the movie seems to be making a point about corruption, there's little indication here that the characters had souls to sell in the first place.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/16/2004
UPC:
0031398112044
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:55:00

Special Features

Interviews with Connie Nielsen, Charles Berling, Chloë Sevigny & Oliver Assayas; English & Spanish subtitles; Previews; Weblinks; Widescreen; 5.1 Surround; 2.0 Stereo

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Connie Nielsen Diane de Monx
Charles Berling Herve Le Millinec
Chloë Sevigny Elise Lipsky
Gina Gershon Elaine Si Gibril
Jean-Baptiste Malartre Henri-Pierre Volf
Dominique Reymond Karen
Edwin Gerard Edward Gomez
Thomas M. Pollard American Lawyer
Abi Sakamoto Kaori
Julie Brochen Gina
Jean-Charles Dumay Henri
Jean-Pierre Gos Verkamp
Randal Holden Ray
Alexandre Lachaux Erwan
Mathias Mlekuz Homme X
Nao Ohmori Shoji
Alexis Pivot Frankie
Ludovic Schoendoerffer Luis
Naoki Yamazaki Eiko

Technical Credits
Olivier Assayas Director,Screenwriter
Kerry Barden Casting
Luc Barnier Editor
Antoinette Boulat Casting
Jean Coulon Executive Producer
Claude Davy Executive Producer
Cecile Deleu-Montel Set Decoration/Design
Forensic Films Associate Producer
Xavier Giannoli Producer
Olivier Goinard Sound Editor
Françoise-Renaud Labarthe Production Designer
Denis Lenoir Cinematographer
Andres Martin Associate Producer
Marie-Jeanne Pascal Asst. Director
Philipe Richard Sound/Sound Designer
Anais Romand Costumes/Costume Designer
Sonic Youth Score Composer
Edouard Weil Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles [1:16]
2. Strategy [3:34]
3. Kidnapping [8:00]
4. "You Forgot Something" [6:06]
5. Tokyoanimè [8:35]
6. After Hours [12:05]
7. Searched [9:02]
8. Demonlover [8:38]
9. "Mangatronics Is Counting on You" [6:37]
10. "Message From Karen" [6:42]
11. Hellfire Club [5:38]
12. Blackmail [5:33]
13. Power Shift [4:32]
14. Observations [13:37]
15. Escape [8:28]
16. Online [2:10]
17. Credits [4:55]

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