He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not (À la folie... pas du tout) (2002)
Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio & Animation
|Year Of Production||2002|
|Running Time||91:02 (Case: 96)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Laetitia Colombani|
Samuel Le Bihan
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.85:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English (Burned In)||Smoking||No|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
One of the great things about reviewing DVDs is that it gives me the chance to try things that I know very little about. I enjoy French films and when the opportunity arose to review this little known French thriller from 2002, I thought I would give it a try. It was released in Region 1 on DVD back in 2003 but has not previously been available locally. Umbrella have now released it on their World Cinema DVD sub-label which is good news for local French film fans. I recently reviewed a box set from Madman called New French Cinema - Thrillers which this film would have fitted nicely into. That set included three quality thrillers which were all very different in style despite their common Gallic background. This film is different again, which highlights the lack of strict formulas in French film making especially when compared to Hollywood. Vive la France!
It is best to know very little about this film before you sit down to watch it. I would even recommend against even reading the back cover of the disc or watching the trailer. Accordingly I will only give you a little of the basic setup for the film rather than spoil it. A young woman, Angelique (Audrey Tautou) is in love with a married man, Loic (Samuel Le Bihan), a cardiologist. She is an artist who loves to draw him and give him little gifts. She wants him to leave his wife and is convinced that he will. Meanwhile, a young medical student, David (Clement Sibony) is in love with her and struggles to understand why she is so caught up with Loic. Suffice it to say that what follows this basic setup is an intriguing and well constructed thriller which is well worth viewing.
Tautou is very good in quite a different role for her. This film followed quite closely after her breakthrough role in Amelie. This is quite an impressive debut feature for writer/director Laetitia Colombani, who puts together an intriguing premise and an interesting structure. The French title of this film is A la folie...pas du tout but it is being released here as He Loves Me...He Loves Me Not which is certainly not a direct translation.
I enjoyed this little thriller and would recommend it to those who enjoy French cinema especially thrillers or appreciate the work of Audrey Tautou.
The video quality is decent but not without issue.
The feature is presented in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio, 16x9 enhanced which is the original aspect ratio. The box incorrectly lists the aspect ratio as 1.77:1.
The picture was reasonably clear and sharp throughout, however it was quite badly affected by MPEG grain. Shadow detail is good without being spectacular. There is some macro-blocking to be seen from time to time especially in backgrounds. Examples can be seen at 8:20 & 37:40.
The colour was good but a little washed out with bright colours not appearing overly vibrant.
Other than the MPEG issues already mentioned there was some edge enhancement here and there.
There are burned-in subtitles in English for the hearing impaired which were clear and easy to read.
There is no layer change as this is a DVD5.
The audio quality is decent.
This DVD contains a French Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack encoded at 192 Kb/s. This disc itself has the track coded as English (which is obviously incorrect). Overall this soundtrack sounds a bit flat and very front and center focused.
Dialogue seemed clear and easy to understand throughout although my French is pretty ordinary.
The music by Jerome Coullet is a good addition to the overall viewing experience but lacks body on this low bitrate audio track.
The surround speakers were not used.
The subwoofer added bass to the music.
|Surround Channel Use|
Pretty slim, I'm afraid.
The menu features an intro, music and scenes from the film. It allows for scene selection.
A short French trailer with English subtitles. Not 16x9 enhanced.
The Region 1 (Canada) version misses out on the following from the Region 4 version:
The Region 4 version misses out on the following from the Region 1 version:
Region 1 wins the day.
The video quality is decent.
The audio quality is decent.
The only extra is a theatrical trailer.
|DVD||Sony DVP-NS708H upscaling to 1080p, using HDMI output|
|Display||LG Scarlet 42LG61YD 106cm Full HD LCD. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer|