A Pain in the Ass (L'emmerdeur) (2008)
Main Menu Audio
Theatrical Trailer-Madman Propaganda
|Year Of Production||2008|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Francis Veber|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||French Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||2.35:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English (Burned In)||Smoking||Yes|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Francis Veber ‘s latest François Pignon affair is L'emmerdeur (2008) - a remake of the 1972 film of the same name. The original L'emmerdeur (1972) was based on the play “Le Contrat” by Veber, directed by Edouard Molinaro and starred Lino Ventura and Jacques Brel as Pignon.
L'emmerdeur (1972) was remade as Billy Wilder’s Buddy Buddy (1981) which starred Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon in the Pignon role – renamed Victor Clooney. Veber’s L'emmerdeur (2008) pairs Richard Berry and Patrick Timsit in the Pignon role. The question of which film is the definitive version of “Le Contrat” remains up to the viewer, but Veber’s dark take is certainly enjoyable.
The film takes place predominately in a hotel suite. Jean, (Berry) a professional assassin, is waiting in his hotel room for his latest target Randoni (Michel Aumont) – a whistle blower, to arrive at court. Despite a heavy police presence and assorted press roaming outside the court house and surrounding hotel, Jean remains undeterred, and continues to quietly set up his high powered rifle.
However in the adjoining room, François Pignon (Timsit) is again trying to get the attention of his ex-wife Louise, (Virginie Ledoyen) by threatening to commit suicide. Louise refuses to listen to Pignon’s threats and instead asks her psychologist and the man she left Pignon for - Dr. Edgar Wolf (Pascal Elbe), to check up on Pignon. But self-pitying Pignon takes matters into his own hands and searches around the hotel room for various ways to commit suicide.
Unsurprisingly Pignon’s suicide attempt only creates chaos and Jean is asked by the kindly Vincent - a room service staff member (Laurent Paolini) to keep an eye on Pignon or otherwise he will be forced to call the police, as he himself is working and cannot care for Pignon. Jean reluctantly agrees to look after the clearly distraught Pignon and what follows are a series of unfortunate events as Jean tries to fulfil his job, while trying to get Pignon off his hands.
Casting is excellent- Berry is very good as a man slowly driven mad by Pignon, Timsit, originally a comedian, is also commendable as the well meaning but excruciatingly frustrating Pignon. Also supporting cast member Elbe as the loathed Dr. Wolf, almost steals the show. Veber keeps the pace of the film swift as Jean and Pignon’s narrative is intercut with Randoni’s misadventures, as he unwillingly makes his way to the courthouse with a SWAT team. If you’re a Veber fan, there is much to enjoy in L'emmerdeur (2008) – it delivers everything a fan expects from the veteran director!
Presented in the theatrical aspect ratio of 2:35:1, the transfer is 16x9 enhanced and the image remains clear with excellent shadow depth and a natural and vibrant colour scheme.
The feature film has been encoded on a single-layer DVD. However the transfer remains free of MPEG compression artefacts and is overall commendable. There were no incidents of aliasing.
The English subtitles are ‘burnt’ on print in a clear white font.
There is a single French Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack option on the disc. There are no apparent errors on this soundtrack.
The film is dialogue heavy, thus the stereo soundtrack is suitable.
The original score is by Jean-Michel Bernard.
|Surround Channel Use|
The main menu features a still image of the the cover art and is accompanied by a section of the score. There are 12 scene selections and access to the extra features.
This title is currently available in France (R2). The DVD has a French DTS soundtrack. The extra feature content is unknown.
If you’re a Veber fan, there is much to enjoy in L'emmerdeur (2008) – it delivers everything a fan expects from the veteran director! The Madman DVD release is adequate with solid picture and sound.
|DVD||OPPO DV-980H, using HDMI output|
|Display||Panasonic PT-AE 700. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. 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 THX Optimizer.|
|Amplification||Yamaha 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|