One Stays One Leaves (Un reste, l'autre part, L') (2005)

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Released 9-Jul-2008

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Drama Main Menu Audio
Theatrical Trailer-L' Un Reste, l'Autre Part (2005)
Theatrical Trailer-36 Quai des Orfèvres (2004)
Theatrical Trailer-Edmond (2005)
Theatrical Trailer-Valmont (1989)
Theatrical Trailer-Mauvaise passe (The Escort) (1999)
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2005
Running Time 94:05
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Claude Berri
Pathe Pictures
Madman Entertainment
Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg
Daniel Auteuil
Nathalie Baye
Pierre Arditi
Laure Duthilleul
Aïssa Maïga
Noémie Lvovsky
Nicolas Lebovici
Nicolas Choyé
Laurent Spielvogel
Mélanie Sitbon
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $29.95 Music Frédéric Botton

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None French Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
Not 16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 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

Daniel (Daniel Auteuil) a 20th century furniture and architecture specialist is celebrating sixteen years of marriage to Isabelle (Laure Duthilleul), his second wife. The two are happily married and have a fifteen year old son named Cedric (Nicolas Choye). Also at the celebrations is Daniel’s close friend Alain (Pierre Arditi) an African antiquities dealer who toasts his own marriage to Fanny (Nathalie Baye), his wife of 18 years.

During the festivities the phones rings.

Daniel is in a state of shock after hearing the tragic news about his son Julien (Nicolas Lebovici), from his first marriage to Anne-Marie (Miou-Miou).

The next day Daniel meets researcher Judith (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a young woman who immediately responds to Daniel's distressed state. Concerned, Judith will continue to meet Daniel over the next few weeks - but their friendship will develop into something more.

Meanwhile Alain is revealed to be having an affair with his spirited gallery assistant Farida (Aissa Maiga) - a relationship Fanny is somewhat aware of.

Directed by veteran Claude Berri (Ensemble, c'est tout) and based on the director’s own autobiography - L'un reste, l'autre part (One Stays, The Other Leaves) is a tragicomedy which sees the two male protagonists Daniel and Alain try to decide who to stay with – their devoted wives of many years or the young mistresses?

Both Daniel and Alain are besotted by the various women in their lives and Berri is keen to show the men as self-centred and at times pathetic - as love remains a painful issue at any age. The repercussions of Daniel’s actions are also explored in relation to his young son.

L'un reste, l'autre part features a classical plot and engaging performances from what is a remarkable ensemble cast. Simply this film is recommended to fans of French Cinema.

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Transfer Quality


The film is presented in the original aspect ratio – 2.35:1 widescreen however the transfer is not 16x9 enhanced.

The quality of the transfer is somewhat standard as the colour scheme is natural and film grain is apparent on occasion.

There is a slight softness to the image – a possible result of the transfer being encoded on a single-layer disc.

The English subtitles are burnt onto the print and appear in a clear large white font.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


There are two French soundtracks offered – a Stereo 2.0 option and a 5.1 surround option and neither incurred errors.

The film is dialogue driven with a natural soundscape and both soundtracks remain clear and suitable, although are limited on the surround sound.

The film also features a song performed by Charlotte Gainsbourg titled 'L'un part... l'autre reste,' which was written by Nathalie Rheims and composed by Frédéric Botton - who also incidentally composed the score.

Also 'Comme Un Enfant' written and performed by Suna Syal features.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


Main Menu Audio

The main menu is not 16x9 enhanced.

The main menu is a still image of the cast and features 12 scene selections, audio options and access to the trailers. The main menu is accompanied by a section of the score.

Theatrical Trailer

Madman Propaganda

Following an anti-piracy warning the following trailers are accessible:

36 Quai des Orfèvres (2004)

Edmond (2005)

Valmont (1989)

Mauvaise passe (The Escort) (1999)

R4 vs R1

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

 Released in 2005 the French DVD release in addition to what is available on the R4 release also included a 16x9 enhanced transfer, photo gallery and interview with Claude Berri. Apparently this release also includes a dubbed English 5.1 soundtrack – although I cannot confirm this feature yet.


L'un reste, l'autre part features a classical plot and engaging performances from what is a remarkable ensemble cast.

However the transfer is not 16x9 enhanced and the disc is bare-bones.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Vanessa Appassamy (Biography)
Monday, September 22, 2008
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

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