Widow of Saint-Pierre

The Widow of Saint-Pierre

Director: Patrice Leconte

Cast: Juliette Binoche, Daniel Auteuil, Emir Kusturica

     
 

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The critically acclaimed foreign film The Widow of Saint-Pierre is the harrowing story about murder and redemption on the small island of St. Pierre. This 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer looks excellent. Aside from a slight amount of grain in the image, the colors, black levels, and fleshtones all look even and well-rendered. The audio is presented in a

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The critically acclaimed foreign film The Widow of Saint-Pierre is the harrowing story about murder and redemption on the small island of St. Pierre. This 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer looks excellent. Aside from a slight amount of grain in the image, the colors, black levels, and fleshtones all look even and well-rendered. The audio is presented in a French Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. There is a subtle use of surround sounds during many scenes with all aspects of the dialogue, effects, and music being clear and free of distortion. Also included on this disc is a Dolby Digital 2.0 mix in English, as well as French, Spanish, and English subtitles. The Widow of Saint-Pierre includes a few nice extra features, including a set of interviews with director Patrice Leconte and three of the main actors. All participants seem very intelligent and have a lot of insightful views on the making of this film. Also included on this disc is a nine-minute featurette that shows the cast and crew working on various aspects of the movie. Finally, there are three theatrical trailers: one for The Widow of Saint-Pierre and one each for the Trimark films Songcatcher and South of Heaven, West of Hell. For such a small movie, this DVD edition of The Widow of Saint-Pierre is a big-time winner.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
A mastery of subtext. Psychological complexity. Aesthetic austerity achieved despite the authentic use of period costume and locales. A wholly welcome refusal to slouch toward sentimentality. These are just some of the most important reasons that this film from French director Patrice Leconte must be accounted as among the increasingly prominent artist's finest works. Superb performances from leads Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche, and director Emir Kusturica certainly don't hurt. But it's really the marvelous script by Claude Faraldo and Leconte's intelligent helmsmanship that result in a historical drama as eerily absorbing as a David Lynch film but offering the romantic style, wit, and insight of a Jane Austen adaptation. La Veuve de Saint-Pierre (2000) is a subtle effort with charms that might be lost on a sensibility deadened by years of exposure to the obvious and telegraphed, but viewers with patience and appreciation for quality will be richly rewarded with a devastating, powerful finale.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2001
UPC:
0031398774426
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:48:00
Sales rank:
48,563

Special Features

Widescreen; French 5.1 Dolby Digital; Making of featurette; Trailer; Cast & crew interviews; English-language track; English, French & Spanish subtitles; Interactive menus; Scene access

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Juliette Binoche Madame La
Daniel Auteuil Le Capitaine
Emir Kusturica Neel
Reynald Bouchard Actor
Michel Duchaussoy Governor
Christian Charmettant Actor
Yves Jacques Actor
Philippe Magnan Actor
Ghislain Tremblay Actor
Philippe du Janerand Actor

Technical Credits
Patrice Leconte Director
Gregoire Barachin Asst. Director
Frederic Brillion Producer
Pascale Estève Score Composer
Pascal Esteve Score Composer
Claude Faraldo Screenwriter
Christian Gasc Costumes/Costume Designer
Jean Goudier Sound/Sound Designer
Joëlle Hache Editor
Dominique Hennequin Sound/Sound Designer
Paul Laine Sound/Sound Designer
Gilles Legrand Producer
Daniel Louis Producer
Ivan Maussion Art Director
Denise Robert Producer
Eduardo Serra Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. Opening [4:15]
2. Big or Fat [4:51]
3. Trial [4:05]
4. Verdict [6:00]
5. Guillotine [3:58]
6. Offer [3:52]
7. Madame La [6:53]
8. Concern [4:10]
9. Faithful Servant [4:36]
10. Reading Lesson [5:05]
11. Speculation [4:19]
12. Hero [5:18]
13. Executioner Wanted [4:19]
14. Marriage [9:02]
15. Pickup [4:03]
16. Paid [4:08]
17. Idea [4:53]
18. Escape and Return [4:43]
19. Facing the Future [4:25]
20. Dismissed [4:45]
21. My Fault [2:22]
22. Honeymoon [4:22]
23. Fate [3:40]
24. Credits [3:57]

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