DVDs 

July 2018

Gleebooks Bookshop - Tuesday, July 03, 2018
Mountain: Dir. Jennifer Peedom ($32.95)
Only 3 centuries ago, setting out to climb a mountain would have been considered close to lunacy. The idea scarcely existed that wild landscapes might hold any sort of attraction. Mountains were places of peril, not beauty. How then have they come to hold us spellbound, drawing us into their dominion, often at the cost of our lives? Australians Jen Peedom, director of Sherpa, and Richard Tognetti, artistic director of the ACO, drove this international collaboration that also involved US-based cinematographer Renan Ozturk, British writer Robert Macfarlane and American actor Willem Dafoe. Filmed by the worlds leading high altitude cinematographers, with works by Chopin, Grieg, Vivaldi, Beethoven and new works by Richard Tognetti.

Beau Travail: Dir. Claire Denis ($32.95, region 2)
Inspired by Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, Claire Denis’ Beau Travail is a stunning combination of literature, music, poetry & dance that explores the near-mytical world of the French Foreign legion. Denis Lavant stars as Galoup, a sergeant-major whose position & power are threatened when the bravery & heroism of new recruit Sentain (Grégoire Colin) attracts the attention of the platoon’s commandant (Michel Subor). Enraged, Galoup plots Sentain’s downfall, a doomed course of action that leads to his own undoing. In a powerful examination of masculinity, Denis creates a dark mounting tension that underlies the cinematography of Agnès Godard, whose stark visual style contrasts vividly with the graceful training rituals of the sculpted young soldiers.

Happy End: Dir. Michael Haneke ($32.95, region 2)
When her mother falls ill under mysterious circumstances, young Eve (Fantine Harduin) is sent to live with her estranged father’s wealthy relatives in Calais. But trouble is brewing, as a series of intergenerational back-stabbings threaten to tear the family apart. Meanwhile, distracted by infidelities & betrayals, they fail to notice that their new arrival has a sinister secret of her own. Master auteur Michael Haneke returns with a biting satire on bourgeois family values set in the shadow of the European refugee crisis. Featuring a cast of top acting talent, including Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz & Toby Jones—a piercing dark comedy on the blind preoccupations of middle-class angst.

 
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