The Benoit Jacquot Collection [Blu-ray] [2 Discs]

Three films by French auteur Benoît Jacquot on two Blu-rays. In The Disenchanted, Beth (Judith Godreche) takes an outrageous bet from her boyfriend. In A Single Girl, Valerie (Virginie Ledoyen) must make a hard choice the same day she begins a new job. And in Keep It Quiet, a disgraced CEO (Fabrice Luchini) must return home to his family, with mixed results.
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Overview

Special Features

  • The Disenchanted:
  • Feature lenght audio commentary by critics Wade Major and Tim Cogshell
  • On-camera discussion between director Benoît Jacquot and Kent Jones
  • Theatrical re-release trailer
  • A Single Girl:
  • Feature length audio commentary by critics Wade Major and Tim Dogshell
  • Keep It Quiet:
  • Feature length audio commentary by critics Wade Major and Tim Cogshell

Synopsis

The Disenchanted
Beth (Judith Godreche) is nearly an adult and has lived a fairly grim and unenchanting life. This is mirrored in her attraction to the similarly grim life and morose works of Arthur Rimbaud, about which she has become a quite noteworthy student. She lives at home with her mother and a younger brother. Her mother is the mistress of a wealthy man they have been taught to call "uncle," and he has paid for their apartment all these years. Now that Beth is a lovely woman in her own right, "uncle" has indicated that he would like to transfer his attentions to her, which it not something that is agreeable to her. Meanwhile, her teen-aged boyfriend has begun making unreasonable demands on her, and she is trying to break up with him. In the three days covered by this drama, Beth's life is transformed. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

A Single Girl
As Valerie, 19-year-old Virginie Ledoyen is not just the titular Single Girl, but for all practical purposes, the entire movie. As the film opens, she meets her sullen, unemployed boyfriend Remi (Benoît Magimel) at a cafe, and reveals that she is pregnant with his child. She is not only unsure about whether she should keep the child, but whether Remi would make a decent father if she did. She is also starting a new job as room service in an expensive hotel and promises to return to the cafe in an hour and tell Remi her decision. The bulk of the film consists of a real-time study of that critical hour. Valerie takes trays from room to room, and the camera follows every stair step, every elevator trip. There are interactions with peculiar guests, but none of them are particularly important characters. The focus is always on Valerie. ~ John Voorhees, Rovi

Pas de scandale
An older man and a younger woman find love, with his time in jail the unlikely catalyst, in this witty drama from France. Gregoire (Fabrice Luchini) is a formerly prominent French industrialist whose financial misdealings resulted in a term behind bars, which was especially embarrassing for his brother Louis (Vincent Lindon), a talk show host specializing in hard-hitting investigative interviews. When Gregoire is released from prison, he returns home to the apartment he shared with his wife Agnes (Isabelle Huppert) and their children. But everyone keeps telling Gregoire that he doesn't seem the same; he seems confused, he has a hard time making himself understood, and he freezes up during a television interview conducted after his release. A puzzled Gregoire stops by the beauty parlor where his wife gets her hair done and, to his surprise, he discovers someone he can talk to: Stephanie (Vahina Giocante), one of the hair stylists. Stephanie's boyfriend was in the same jail as Gregoire, and was released the same day, so they have some common conversational ground; Stephanie finds that she likes talking with Gregoire, and in time she finds herself falling for him. Pas de Scandale was shown in competition at the 1999 Venice Film Festival and also at the 1999 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Judith Godrèche
    Judith Godrèche - Beth
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    Marcel Bozonnet - Alphonse
  • Ivan Desny
    Ivan Desny - The Uncle
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    Malcolm Conrath - The Other
  • Therese Liotard
    Therese Liotard - Beth's Mother
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