Entre Nous

Entre Nous

Director: Diane Kurys

Cast: Diane Kurys, Miou-Miou, Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Pierre Bacri

     
 
Francois Truffaut is famous for his autobiographical Antoine Doniel series (which started with The 400 Blows, but he isn't the only French filmmaker who made films based on his own life. Diane Kurys first touched on her personal history with 1977's Peppermint Soda but it's Entre Nous, which dealt with her parents, that has found the largest

Overview

Francois Truffaut is famous for his autobiographical Antoine Doniel series (which started with The 400 Blows, but he isn't the only French filmmaker who made films based on his own life. Diane Kurys first touched on her personal history with 1977's Peppermint Soda but it's Entre Nous, which dealt with her parents, that has found the largest American audience. The original French title, Coup de Foudre, translates as a romantic "crush" and it follows the long, complicated friendship between two women and its effect on their families. Typical of current Fox Lorber DVD releases, this edition of Entre Nous doesn't feature any meaningful extras but does return the film to its original widescreen, letterboxed format. Fortunately, Bernard Lutic's cinematography is so sumptuous that this alone is enough to justify the DVD's existence. Interestingly, while the film has rightly won praise from female critics and audiences, Kurys does not whitewash the women's often selfish behavior or turn the men into stereotypes. The film ends at a summer resort town and Kurys went on to make C'est La Vie, a lovely coming-of-age film that narrows that summer and tells the story from the kids' point of view. Oddly enough, Kurys' semi-autobiographical films are far more dramatic and entertaining than her many wholly fictional features.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Diane Kurys' semi-autobiographical account of a long-term friendship between two women is a complex evocation of shifting gender roles. In 1952 France, two women meet at their children's school. Lena Isabelle Huppert is a Jewish refugee who married to avoid deportation and Madeleine Miou-Miou is an aristocratic woman with an artistic streak. Both unhappy in their marriages, they quickly develop a close relationship, with the film focusing on the attraction of the initially self-effacing Lena to the restless, charismatic Madeleine. Kurys' insistence on the mediocrity of the two husbands is somewhat disingenuous, since both women made marriages of convenience. Yet given the restrictive mores of the time and place, one sympathizes with the women's dreams of leaving their mates to start a business together. Ultimately, the most moving aspect of the film is the painful effect of the breakup of Lena's marriage on her two daughters, the younger of whom is based on Kurys herself. While the actions of the two women often seem cold and self-serving, it's difficult to envision a viable alternative outcome, a testament to the film's sense of truth. Huppert is impressive as a woman beginning to blossom for the first time in her life, and Miou-Miou is a believably striking catalyst.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/24/1998
UPC:
0720917504926
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Lorber
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Letterbox]
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
1:52:00

Special Features

Scene access; Language: French; Subtitles: English; Filmographies

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Miou-Miou Madeleine
Isabelle Huppert Lena
Jean-Pierre Bacri Costa
Guy Marchand Michel
Robin Renucci Raymond
Patrick Bauchau Carlier
Bernard Cazassus Actor
François Cluzet Actor
Jean-Claude de Goros Actor
Dominique Lavanant Actor
Denis Lavant Actor
Guillaume LeGuellec Rene
Anne Levy Maria
Christine Pascal Sarah
Nils Tavernier Actor
Jacqueline Doyen Madame Vernier
Jacques Alric Monsieur Vernier

Technical Credits
Diane Kurys Director,Screenwriter
Luis Enriquez Bacalov Score Composer
Jacques Bufnoir Art Director,Production Designer
Mic Cheminal Costumes/Costume Designer
Bernard Lutic Cinematographer
Harald Maury Sound/Sound Designer
Joëlle van Effenterre Editor
Ariel Zeitoun Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Guarded [16:48]
2. Loved Ones [19:12]
3. Family Life [11:22]
5. Trouble at Home [6:49]
6. Venturing Out [18:54]
7. Still Angry [18:48]

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