Hunting and Gathering (Ensemble, c'est tout) (2007)

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Released 11-Sep-2008

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Drama Main Menu Audio
Short Film-62 Sleeps - a short film by Erin White (11:32) (16x9)
Theatrical Trailer-Hunting and Gathering (Ensemble, c'est tout) (2007)
Theatrical Trailer-Bread and Tulips (Pane e Tulipani) (2000)
Theatrical Trailer-Caterpillar Wish (2006)
Theatrical Trailer-Forbidden Lie$ (2007)
Theatrical Trailer-The Last Kiss (L' Ultimo bacio) (2001)
Theatrical Trailer-Va savoir (2001)
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2007
Running Time 92:34 (Case: 96)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Claude Berri
Studio
Distributor
Pathe Films
Madman Entertainment
Starring Audrey Tautou
Guillaume Canet
Laurent Stocker
Françoise Bertin
Alain Sachs
Firmine Richard
Béatrice Michel
Kahena Saighi
Hélène Surgère
Alain Stern
Halima Guizani
Juliette Arnaud
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI ? Music Frédéric Botton


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None French Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/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

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Plot Synopsis

Ensemble, c'est tout (literally Together, is everything) is the award winning drama from veteran screenwriter-director Claude Berri. The film is based on the celebrated novel of the same name by French writer Anna Gavalda. The bestselling novel Ensemble, c'est tout was also translated in English, under the title Hunting and Gathering.

Ensemble, c'est tout is the tale of four loners, from different walks of life, who will eventually live together. We first meet Camille (Audrey Tautou), a frail young woman, whose sunken eyes and isolated existence are the result of a battle with depression and anorexia. Camille lives in a cramped apartment at the top of her building by herself, she has a strained relationship with her mother and in the dead hours of the night works as a cleaner, despite her obvious talent as an artist. One night Camille reaches out to her neighbour Philibert (Laurent Stocker), a shy young man who is all too conscious of his speech-impediment. Philibert, an aristocrat, lives in a lavish apartment filled with artwork and literature passed down from generations before, yet despite his obvious intelligence and love of art and history he works outside a gallery selling postcards. Philibert, shares his apartment with Franck (actor-director Guillaume Canet) a hot headed womanising young chef who works six days a week and on his only day off visit’s his grandmother who raised him. Franck’s grandmother Paulette (Françoise Bertin) is a recluse who has recently had hip replacement surgery and feels abandoned by her grandson as she is forced into an aged-care facility while she recovers.

These four lives come together when Camille suffers a severe flu and Philibert allows her to stay in his apartment. However Franck instantly dislikes Camille and warns Philibert not to get involved with her. Still, Camille’s friendship with Philibert grows, while her animosity for Franck deepens, but when Philibert must leave Camille alone with Franck in the apartment for two weeks, they are forced to get along with one another. Soon they find some common ground and Camille and Philibert invite Paulette to stay with them, allowing her to see her grandson more often.

Ensemble, c'est tout is a graceful film and what sets this film apart from becoming a run of the mill romantic drama are the spirited performances, particularly from Canet and Stocker. Critics have suggested some of the characters are underwritten, particularly the character of Philibert, but overall this is a charming film about the friendships and relationships which are formed when we least suspect it.

Recommended.

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Transfer Quality

Video

Ensemble, c'est tout 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 8.25 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.

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.

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Audio

While Ensemble, c'est tout is a dialogue based film, it is still disappointing that a French 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack option is not available on this DVD.

The standard French Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s) soundtrack is practical and as expected, emitted from the front soundstage.

The soundtrack is clear and audible without any flaws and Frédéric Botton’s lush melodramatic score has been nicely produced.

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Extras

Main Menu Audio

The main menu is composed of a still image of the cover art, accompanied by a fragment of Button’s score. The main menu offers 12 chapter selections and access to the extra feature content.

62 Sleeps (2004)

This is an award winning short film directed by Erin White. This engaging live action short film is focused on a young girl anxiously waiting for her absent father to return. (16x9) (11:32)

Theatrical Trailer (16x9) (1:59)

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R4 vs R1

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Ensemble, c'est tout was released in Region 2 (France) on November 28 2007.

The R2 (France) DVD release included the following technical specifications and extras in addition to our local release :

However this release is not English friendly. Ensemble, c'est tout had a limited theatrical release in the UK and USA and is yet to be released on DVD.

Summary

Ensemble, c'est tout is an enchanting romantic drama, with spirited performances from the multi-talented Guillaume Canet and Laurent Stocker.

The transfer on this DVD is very good, however the only audio option is a standard stereo soundtrack.

The only extras are a handful of trailers and an unrelated short film.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Vanessa Appassamy (Biography)
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
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