Chateau

Chateau

Director: Jesse Peretz

Cast: Jesse Peretz, Paul Rudd, Sylvie Testud, Didier Flamand

     
 

Two siblings with practically nothing in common are brought together by a real estate deal that threatens to leave them even more at odds than they were before in this semi-improvised comedy. Graham (Paul Rudd) and Rex (Romany Malco) are about as different as two brothers can get -- Graham is sloppy, lackadaisical, and in a state of puzzled wonderment about the world… See more details below

Overview

Two siblings with practically nothing in common are brought together by a real estate deal that threatens to leave them even more at odds than they were before in this semi-improvised comedy. Graham (Paul Rudd) and Rex (Romany Malco) are about as different as two brothers can get -- Graham is sloppy, lackadaisical, and in a state of puzzled wonderment about the world around him, while Rex (his real name is Alan, but he thinks Rex sounds better) is a tightly focused aspiring e-commerce tycoon. Graham and Rex also don't look much like brothers; Rex is adopted, which explains why he's black and Graham isn't. Graham and Rex don't see much of each other, but when a distant relative passes on and bequeaths them joint ownership of a home in the South of France, they fly out together to take a look at their new property. Graham and Rex discover that the estate is in dire need of repair and that the house's domestic staff -- butler Jean (Didier Flamand), cook Sabrine (Maria Verdi), caretaker Pierre (Philippe Mahon), and pretty maid Isabelle (Sylvie Testud) -- is still on hand and expecting to be kept on. Graham magnanimously promises the staff that they'll still have their jobs, but Rex discovers that the previous owner was deep in debt, and the only way to pay off the bills is to sell the place. So now they have to find a buyer who is willing to take the employees along with the home, none of which is helped by the fact that both Graham and Rex are vying for the attentions of Isabelle. The Chateau was shot using digital video equipment, then transferred to 35 mm film for its theatrical engagements.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Sarah Sloboda
Strangely non-foreign, yet un-American, The Château takes uncultured Graham (Paul Rudd of Wet Hot American Summer) out of the U.S. on a journey to the south of France by force of the shared inheritance of a château with his slightly more cultured brother, Rex (Romany Malco). Rudd explores the nuances of human self-consciousness in a way that's all too realistic and, at moments, his character is painful to watch -- particularly at drunken moments or those talking with his shrink inside a phone booth mysteriously placed outside the château. Nonetheless, Rudd deserves credit, along with Malco and all the cast members, since a large portion of the final 91 minutes of the film were entirely improvised from the original script -- a mere 20 pages long. As Isabelle, Sylvie Testud is naturally enticing to both Graham and Rex, and proves to be one of the more quiet and decisive of the château's inhabitants. Malco gives Rex an intelligent, quick wit, allowing a reflective surface with which to contrast Graham's slower thoughtfulness. After truly comic beginnings (really, can these two actually be brothers?), humor gives way to psychological contemplation, much the way the French-English language barrier mysteriously yields to a more fully English resolution in the dialogue. However, the film is able to exemplify the utter strangeness of relationships, and even people, as love stories unfold and are exposed, often just in time for their demise.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2003
UPC:
0027616890009
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Time:
1:33:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Rudd Graham
Sylvie Testud Isabelle
Didier Flamand Jean
Maria Verdi Sabine
Donal Logue Sonny
Romany Malco Rex

Technical Credits
Jesse Peretz Director,Original Story
Antoinette Boulat Casting
Dominique Delany Asst. Director
Nathalie Deroscoat Costumes/Costume Designer
Dolly Hall Executive Producer
Steve Hamilton Editor
Nathan Larson Score Composer
Scott Macaulay Producer
Robin O'Hara Producer
Tom Richmond Cinematographer
Fisher Stevens Executive Producer
Noah Vivekanand Timan Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. France/Main Title [:09]
2. "Who Are You?" [7:07]
3. The Extended Family [8:09]
4. French for Home Wreckers [8:31]
5. Potatoes for a Reason [9:13]
6. Dancing at Club Chateau [6:05]
7. A Show for the Buyers [5:29]
8. A Loving Lisp [5:35]
9. Cognac and a Jeu [4:38]
10. "I Really Like You" [6:38]
11. Graham's Drunken Scene [3:17]
12. New Boss Guy in Town [6:20]
13. The Butler Drops a Bomb [3:43]
14. Dead Again/Deal's Off [4:46]
15. Up and Leaving [3:28]
16. End Credits [4:44]
1. France/Main Title [7:07]
2. "Who Are You?" [8:09]
3. The Extended Family [8:31]
4. French for Home Wreckers [9:13]
5. Potatoes for a Reason [6:05]
6. Dancing at Club Chateau [5:29]
7. A Show for the Buyers [5:35]
8. A Loving Lisp [4:38]
9. Cognac and a Jeu [6:38]
10. "I Really Like You" [3:17]
11. Graham's Drunken Scene [6:20]
12. New Boss Guy in Town [3:43]
13. The Butler Drops a Bomb [4:46]
14. Dead Again/Deal's Off [3:28]
15. Up and Leaving [4:44]
16. End Credits [4:46]

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