Kate Hudson arrives in Paris to visit sister Naomi Watts. Hudson is the drifter, while Watts,the poet married to the painter, appears to be the success story. But Hudson arrives just as Watts’husband walks out on wife and daughter. While trying to be the supportive sister, Hudsonmeanwhile falls into an affair with one of Watts’ married in-laws.
As with all Merchant-Ivory films, this looks great, in terms of both cast and scenery. Butthere’s a rather stilled, coffee-…able-book feel to the film, as if the creators wanted us to bemightily impressed that they shot on location in Paris and cast Real Life Famous French Actors(Thierry Lhermitte). This is a dreamy Paris that has none of the energy of the dream Paris ofAmélie.
Very low key sound, and this applies equally to the music and the sound effects. This isn’tentirely bad as the film is not meant to be loud and in your face, but I do think the levels are a bittoo discreet. The sound is perfectly clean and clear, but hardly exspansive.
The picture comes in both fullscreen and 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen aspecs. The coloursare excellent. Though the reds might be pushed a bit, the greens are lush, and the effect reallydoes show Paris at its best. There is no edge enhancement or grain, though the image could be alittle bit sharper. Overall, a very pleasing transfer, however.
None. The menu’s main page and intro are animated and scored.
Not without wit, but a bit too solemn to work as a comedy. Very pretty pictures, though.
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