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Arnaud Desplechin

#1 Post by DarkImbecile » Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:16 am

Arnaud Desplechin (1960- )

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Each time I'm starting to work on a film, even if I love to settle the plot in the real world, I start to think about the plot as a fairy tale, or a dream, or a nightmare...

Filmography
La vie des morts (1991)
La sentinelle (1992)
Comment je me suis disputé... (ma vie sexuelle) / My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument (1996)
Esther Kahn (2000)
En jouant 'Dans la compagnie des hommes' (2003)
Rois et Reine / Kings and Queen (2004)
L'Aimée (2007)
Un conte de Noël / A Christmas Tale (2008)
Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian (2013)
La forêt (2014)
Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse / My Golden Days (2015)
Les Fantômes d'Ismaël / Ismael's Ghosts (2017)
Roubaix, une lumière / Oh Mercy! (2019)

Web Resources
2002 interview with Andrea Meyer, IndieWire
2008 interview with Tom Hall, IndieWire
2008 interview with Catherine Deneuve, Film Comment
2010 interview with Marko Bauer, Senses of Cinema
2015 interview with Yonca Talu, Film Comment
2015 interview with Hillary Weston, Criterion
2016 interview with Justin Chang, Variety
2018 interview with Matthew Eng and Mathieu, Reverse Shot
2018 interview with Vadim Rizov, Filmmaker Magazine
2020 interview with Laura Cappelle, The Guardian

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492 A Christmas Tale
Ismael's Ghosts

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#2 Post by Arn777 » Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:35 am

foggy eyes wrote:
Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:16 am
A quick search hasn't turned anything up. Outside of Rois et reine (AE R2 disc is fine), what are the best options for Desplechin on DVD?

- Comment je me suis disputé... - I've only seen the Pathe R2 UK release, which suffers from a lacklustre transfer and burnt-in subs. It's perfectly acceptable, but is there a better version around?
- La Sentinelle / La Vie des morts: Does the Cahiers set have English subs?
- Esther Kahn: Is the Fox Lorber disc ok?
- Anything else I've overlooked?

Any help would be much appreciated.
Yes the Cahiers set has English subtitles.

Esther Khan was released by Studio Canal in France, in a budget but good edition. I think it's OOP but may turn up on ebay and other market places.

The other French dvds don't have English subtitles i think.

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#3 Post by foggy eyes » Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:55 am

Excellent, thanks. Does this have English subs as well? If not, I'd rather get the Fox Lorber release of Esther Kahn if it's as good as the French disc (shipping will be cheaper) - has anybody seen both?

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#4 Post by Arn777 » Tue Oct 14, 2008 9:32 am

Just checked on the Cahiers website, Comment... has english subs, and Esther Khan is in English anyway.

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#5 Post by foggy eyes » Tue Oct 14, 2008 9:59 am

Indeed it does - I should have checked there first. Thanks.

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#6 Post by yoshimori » Tue Oct 14, 2008 10:38 am

The r1US Esther Kahn is fine (and, iirc, the original french disc had burnt in French subs - but maybe memory fails). There's an r1US My Sex Life too. The french disc of the amazing Leo Plays in "In the Company of Men" is, sadly, subless. A french blu-ray of Christmas Story has been announced. No word on subs yet.

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#7 Post by Matt » Tue Oct 14, 2008 11:26 am

yoshimori wrote:The r1US Esther Kahn is fine (and, iirc, the original french disc had burnt in French subs - but maybe memory fails). There's an r1US My Sex Life too.
I agree with you on the R1 Esther Kahn (Wellspring a.k.a. Fox Lorber). It's a perfectly decent DVD and available for under $5 (even though it's OOP).

The Fox Lorber DVD of My Sex Life, however, is horrible. Among the worst DVDs ever. In the class action lawsuit of my dreams against Fox Lorber, this would have been exhibit A.

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#8 Post by foggy eyes » Tue Oct 14, 2008 11:30 am

I wonder whether the Cahiers disc of Esther Kahn has burnt-in subs as well - the description merely states 'version anglaise, sous-titres: français'. Anyone? Incidentally, the R1 My Sex Life has a fucking awful cover.

Thanks for the info on R1 Esther Kahn as well, Matt.

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#9 Post by yoshimori » Tue Oct 14, 2008 12:33 pm

Matt wrote:The Fox Lorber DVD of My Sex Life, however, is horrible.
True. The french disc got a goodish review at dvdrama.

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#10 Post by yoshimori » Sat Dec 06, 2008 10:27 am

david hare wrote:Blu Ray of Arnaud Desplechin’s Un Conte de Noel.
Did this have English subtitles?

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#11 Post by yoshimori » Sat Dec 06, 2008 12:14 pm

david hare wrote:The Blu Ray of Arnaud Desplechin’s Un Conte de Noel ...
Did this have English subs? Any indication of the region-coding?
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#12 Post by david hare » Sat Dec 06, 2008 6:50 pm

Yoshi these posts have jumped outta sequence. Unfortunately no subs of any kind (not even French) on the Desplechin, and it appears to be hard coded for Region B.

I had wondered if they might not include subs as the Pantheon was actually screening an English subbed version three mornings a week out of its 7 day a week 11.30 am revival season.

Have you seen it? It completely blew me away!! Mathieu Amalric is god and can do no wrong. Not even the new Bond film.

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#13 Post by yoshimori » Sat Dec 06, 2008 7:03 pm

Yes. Conte de Noel was my favorite movie at Cannes this year - I was pretty surprised it didn't win; maybe some interfrancine politics - and Desplechin has been what my real best friend calls "my new best friend" since La Sentinelle. I adore Esther Kahn and Leo Plays ... and Kings and Queen and also respect My Sex Life. Almaric is great, and I'm always amazed by Devos. There's something about her ... Desplechin/Gautier's compositions are so idiosyncratic, and the cutting is crisp. The 150 movie breezed by for me. And ... and ... and ...

Thanks for the expected but still disheartening news.
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Re: 2008 Criterion Forum Awards

#14 Post by david hare » Sat Dec 06, 2008 7:09 pm

If you speak French and/or have already seen it why not buy anyway (for 20 Euros after VAT for the Blu.) I give it another 12 months minimum before it gets a US DVD. I couldnt wait that long - had to see it again asap.
Rois et Reines is perfect and Le me Suis Dispuite...Ma Vie Sexuelle not far behind (I think it slips a bit in direction around the two hour mark.) BUt they're all fine - the two double Cahiers discs (all with Subs and of course Esther is in English anyway) are must haves.

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#15 Post by yoshimori » Sat Dec 06, 2008 7:13 pm

I've got all of them - even the subless Leo - except Conte and I may very well buy it too. My French is not as good as yours and it's a chatty film, but I may, as you suggest, not be able to wait. The movie did get a US release so it should be coming, but ...

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#16 Post by david hare » Sat Dec 06, 2008 7:54 pm

All Desplechin's films are powered by dialogue as action. He's like Rohmer on speed, but with the astounding clarity of someone like Fuller.

Two aspects of the dialogue in Conte are the constant childish terms of affection the paterfamilias uses to address his family members - "mon petit carotte", mon choux delicieux" etc, yet he never adresses Junot by any term other than her name. And the mixtuire of slang with very proper "recit" style French in which ideas are expressed in question and answer form. My French aint that good but the patterns of speech as a constant quest for exchange of ideas are not hard to follow once you've seen the movies and have the narrative down.

Go on, buy it. You know you will anyway! Hasn't IFC picked it up for US distribution? What are they like for DVD time lags?

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Re: 2008 Criterion Forum Awards

#17 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Sat Dec 06, 2008 11:38 pm

yoshimori wrote:I've got all of them - even the subless Leo - except Conte and I may very well buy it too. My French is not as good as yours and it's a chatty film, but I may, as you suggest, not be able to wait. The movie did get a US release so it should be coming, but ...
It's available right now from IFC's on-demand cable service, in SD and HD (!) -- although this is obviously unhelpful if your cable/satellite provider doesn't carry it (or if you don't have cable/satellite).

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Re: Arnaud Desplechin on DVD

#18 Post by FerdinandGriffon » Tue Jan 27, 2009 7:50 am

The French Fnac Limited Edition DVD of A Christmas Tale has as a bonus feature Desplechin's documentary L'Aimee, a film that i do not want to miss. Unfortunately, my french is pretty bad, so if it was humanly possible I'd prefer to wait for a subtitled release. With that in mind, is anyone willing to speculate as to who will be releasing A Christmas Tale on DVD in the US/UK, and whether, based on their previous practices, it's likely that L'Aimee will come along with it?

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Re: Arnaud Desplechin on DVD

#19 Post by foggy eyes » Tue Jan 27, 2009 8:54 am

Fingers crossed for New Wave Films (formerly of Artificial Eye, UK). Their first DVD, Unrelated, will be released by Drakes Avenue next week, so we might have a better idea of what standard they aim to maintain then.

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#20 Post by HerrSchreck » Tue Jan 27, 2009 12:04 pm

More props for Conte de Noel-- I saw it on Christmas day down at IFC on a recommend and took me mum and girlfriend-- all were very impressed. Very good film indeed.

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#21 Post by FerdinandGriffon » Sat Jan 31, 2009 5:40 am

yoshimori wrote:The r1US Esther Kahn is fine (and, iirc, the original french disc had burnt in French subs - but maybe memory fails). There's an r1US My Sex Life too. The french disc of the amazing Leo Plays in "In the Company of Men" is, sadly, subless. A french blu-ray of Christmas Story has been announced. No word on subs yet.
Could anyone tell me more about Leo Plays in "In the Company of Men"? I saw this on sale the other day but know nothing about it. It appears, to my eye, to be some sort of filmed play, or two filmed plays, as there are two features on the disc.

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Re: Arnaud Desplechin on DVD

#22 Post by david hare » Sat Jan 31, 2009 5:50 am

"Leo Plays in "In the Company of Men"
is the full title of the movie - that's one movie, which is adapted by anotehr screenwriter from an Edward Bond play. It's hardly what I'd call a filmed play but it uses the Bond as the source. In fact it's one of the Arnauds I least like.

The title, both in English and French is very similar in form to the title for my favorite pre Conte Desplechin, which is "How I argued with myself; my sex life"/ Comment je me suis Dispute; ma vie sexuelle. He has been given to this - err - interlocutory title notion here; and there.

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Re: Arnaud Desplechin on DVD

#23 Post by foggy eyes » Thu Mar 05, 2009 12:14 pm

New Wave's release of A Christmas Tale is scheduled for 01/06. Up for pre-order at Amazon & HMV. No word on extras or L'Aimée yet.

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Re: Arnaud Desplechin on DVD

#24 Post by Elephant » Wed Mar 25, 2009 4:50 pm

foggy eyes wrote:I wonder whether the Cahiers disc of Esther Kahn has burnt-in subs as well - the description merely states 'version anglaise, sous-titres: français'. Anyone? Incidentally, the R1 My Sex Life has a fucking awful cover.
I just picked up both Cahiers Desplechin discs in Paris--Esther Kahn's subtitles are removable, and surprisingly it's the version longue--at 165 minutes it's 23 minutes longer than the R1. It's wonderful to finally have My Sex Life (and La Sentinelle!) available anamorphic with English subs--My Sex Life is coupled with La vie des morts which I've not seen yet and which is unavailable in the US, as far as I know.

I don't know if I can bear to throw away my R1 Sex Life, though. It's by far the worst piece of shit DVD I own, and I almost have a fondness for its lousiness and failure in every category of quality.

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#25 Post by tavernier » Fri Apr 17, 2009 3:11 pm

Coming to BAMcinematek as part of its 10th anniversary:
An Evening with Arnaud Desplechin, July 1
Arnaud Desplechin, director of Kings and Queen and A Christmas Tale, presents two personal favorites: Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), followed by a conversation with film critic Kent Jones; and François Truffaut’s Mississippi Mermaid (La Sirène du Mississippi, 1969), introduced by Desplechin

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