I Do: How to Get Married and Stay Single (Prête-moi ta main) (2006)

If you create a user account, you can add your own review of this DVD

Released 21-Nov-2007

Cover Art

This review is sponsored by
BUY IT

Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Romantic Comedy Featurette-Making Of
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2006
Running Time 85:16 (Case: 89)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Eric Lartigau
Studio
Distributor
Canal+
Entertainment One
Starring Alain Chabat
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Bernadette Lafont
Wladimir Yordanoff
Grégoire Oestermann
Véronique Barrault
Marie-Armelle Deguy
Katia Lewkowicz
Louise Monot
Luce Mouchel
Christiane Millet
Aïssa Maïga
Tatiana Gousseff
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $29.95 Music Erwann Kermorvant


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None French Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English (Burned In) Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

NOTE: The Profanity Filter is ON. Turn it off here.

Plot Synopsis

Eric Lartigau’s Prête-moi ta main (2006) (literally Lend Me Your Hand) reunites Alain Chabat with Charlotte Gainsbourg, who both starred in Yvan Attal’s Ils se marièrent et eurent beaucoup d'enfants (2004) and Michael Gondry’s La Science des Rêves.  Prête-moi ta main also reunites Gainsbourg with her L’Effrontée co-star Bernadette Lafont.

Based on an original idea by Chabat, Prête-moi ta main is the tale of Luis, (Chabat) a successful perfume designer who is very happy living the life of a bachelor at age 43. However his family of five sisters and his widowed mother (affectionately known as the G7), are tired of taking care of him and decide it is time for Luis to settle down and marry. But Luis isn’t too happy with his family’s decision, the first (and last time) he brought the woman he loved home; she left in tears and broke his heart.

Still, Luis reluctantly participates in the random blind dates his mother and sisters set-up but one day strikes a devious idea. Find a girl, any girl and pretend to be a couple. Sounds simple enough right! Luis would teach the girl to impress his mother and five sisters and the two would keep up the charade for a few months and intend to marry. But on the day of the wedding, the girl would disappear and Luis would be left standing at the alter, and hopefully Luis’ family would learn not to meddle in his love life. Or will they?

Luis find’s his fake fiancé in Emma (Gainsbourg), who happens to be his best-friend’s sister. Thing’s naturally fall out of place as the free-spirited Emma begins to actually be liked by Luis’s family and perhaps Luis himself.

Prête-moi ta main was very successful financially and critically in France – it is a well executed romantic comedy. Fans of Chabat and Gainsbourg would be delightfully pleased. I also enjoyed Grégoire Oestermann’s performance of Luis' best-friend Pierre-Yves. Prête-moi ta main is a light, yet charming romantic tale of family and commitment.

Don't wish to see plot synopses in the future? Change your configuration.

Transfer Quality

Video

Prête-moi ta main is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen and it is 16x9 enhanced.

The average bit-rate of the feature, which has been encoded over a Dual Layer DVD, is 4.56 Mb/s.

The quality of the transfer is very good. The look of the film is sharp and natural.

Shadow detail is well exhibited and colour is considerably rich with natural flesh tones.

Minor film artefacts appear on the opening company credits, however there are no issues regarding film artefacts or compression during the feature film.

The burnt-in English subtitles appear in a clear white font and are a decent translation of the onscreen French dialogue.

Video Ratings Summary
Sharpness
Shadow Detail
Colour
Grain/Pixelization
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts
Overall

Audio

Only a French Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s) soundtrack is offered on this DVD.

As expected the soundtrack does make full use of the surround sound but dialogue remains clear and the audio track is faultless.

The dialogue is mostly emitted from the front of the soundstage with occasional atmospheric sound and score emitted from the rear speakers.

Erwann Kermorvant composed the whimsical original score for the film.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

Main Menu

A still and practical main menu which features scene selection options and access to the extra feature content.

Featurette-Making Of (28:48)

The making of feature includes interviews with the cast and crew expanding on the development and themes of the film. This is a standard behind the scenes feature filmed during production of Prête-moi ta main, but it is great to see footage of Chabat and Gainsbourg kidding around between takes. An English subtitle stream automatically accompanies this French language feature.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

Prête-moi ta main is available in France on standard DVD and HD DVD.

The Standard DVD includes the following extra features:

The HD DVD includes the above and the following extra feature and technical specifications:

Both the DVD and HD DVD do not include English subtitles for the film or extra feature content.

Summary

Prête-moi ta main is a light, yet charming romantic tale of family and commitment. Fans of Chabat and Gainsbourg would be delightfully pleased.

The picture and sound quality is faultless.

 The Making Of is a nice inclusion for the local DVD release.

Ratings (out of 5)

Video
Audio
Extras
Plot
Overall

© Vanessa Appassamy (Biography)
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Review Equipment
DVDOPPO DV-980H, using HDMI output
DisplayPanasonic PT-AE 700. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.
AmplificationYamaha DSP-A595a - 5.1 DTS
Speakers(Front) DB Dynamics Polaris AC688F loudspeakers,(Centre) DB Dynamics Polaris Mk3 Model CC030,(Rear) Polaris Mk3 Model SSD425,(Subwoofer) Jensen JPS12

Other Reviews NONE
Comments (Add) NONE