09/08/2005

Twentynine Palms

As Bruno Dumont's latest opened in London recently, I was just wondering what people reckon to it? I've had the French DVD for quite a while, and think it's a really worthwhile film. I can't say it's anyway near as good as either of Dumont's previous movies (L'humanité & La vie de Jesus), but it still kept me hooked for its duration. The last reel was pretty hard to take (even on the small screen), and this stretch (where, let us be honest, the only real action takes place) stayed with me for a long time after viewing.
Any other thoughts on this movie? It's a pity it has been given such a limited UK release (no doubt just a platform for the DVD), but it's worth seeing just to decide for yourself...

3 comments:

Ben McCann said...

On a related note, is L'Humanite availlable on DVD? I've not seen it anywhere, and all French versions seem to be similarly elusive.

Beth said...

It's available on DVD in the US, but I couldn't find any info on it for the UK.

Darren Arnold said...

It is on R2 DVD in France, which is the one I have - see
http://www.amazon.fr/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00005QSZV/
There's a bit of confusion over this release regarding English subtitles: the box lists them, but many people (including Amazon France) claim this is an error. However, it definitely does have them, but you will most likely have to change your player's picture output (can't remember to what - but the LB/Widescreen etc. options are very limited on a player so it shouldn't take long to find the right one if you need the subs.)
The DVD is a little pricey but does have some interesting extras, including a commentary from Dumont (French only, no subs).

Hope this helps...