The Widow of Saint-Pierre [DVD] [2000]

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.
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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


The Widow of Saint-Pierre
Long-established director Emir Kusturica makes his acting debut in Patrice Leconte's 19th century tale of a loyal, strong-willed woman who follows her soldier husband to a desolate French territory off the coast of Newfoundland. Madame La (Juliette Binoche) lives in marital bliss on the island of Saint-Pierre with her loving, oddball husband (Daniel Auteuil), simply called "the Captain" by his charges. Their world is upset one night, however, when two visiting sailors on a bender murder a local citizen. Neel (Kusturica) is sentenced to death, but the other one dies in a carriage accident before reaching prison. As the island waits for a guillotine (or "widow") to be shipped from the French government, Madame La does her best to convince the townspeople that Neel is genuinely good of heart and doesn't deserve a bloody fate. La Veuve de Saint-Pierre marks the second time that Auteuil has worked with director Leconte: their first effort, La Fille Sur la Pont, earned him a Best Actor award at the Cesars, France's equivalent to the Academy Awards. La Veuve screened at the 2000 Cannes and Toronto film festivals. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Juliette Binoche
    Juliette Binoche - Madame La
  • Daniel Auteuil
    Daniel Auteuil - Le Capitaine
  • Emir Kusturica
    Emir Kusturica - Neel
  • Michel Duchaussoy
    Michel Duchaussoy - Governor
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    Reynald Bouchard

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