A five disc box set featuring a quintet of the finest films from around the world.
Jean De Florette (Dir. Claude Berri, 1986) French director Claude Berri's stunning adaptation of the acclaimed Marcel Pagnol novel is the winner of numerous international awards and is the world's most popular foreign language film ever.
City-dweller Jean de Florette (Gerad Depardieu) moves his family to the Provence countryside in the 1920's to forge a new life as a farmer.
But his proud, cocky neighboring rival Le Papet (Yves Montand) schemes with his simple-minded nephew Ugolin (Daniel Auteuil) to acquire some nearby land ensuring the novice owner never discovers an all-important natural spring on the property.
A wholly captivating, emotionally powerful and beautifully photographed classic epic of innocence, evil, greed, envy and revenge.
The Chorus (Dir. Christophe Barratier, 2004) France, 1949: unemployed music teacher Clement Mathieu (Jugnot) is hired as supervisor in a boarding school for troubled children. The particularly repressive Rachin, the school's director, has trouble keeping these pupils in line but by introducing them to the magic of singing Mathieu changes their lives forever...
Oscar nominated in 2005 for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year and Original Song.
Story Of The Weeping Camel (Byambasuren Davaa & Luigi Falorni, 2003) South Mongolia's Gobi desert: a family of nomadic shepherds assist the births of their camel herds. After a difficult delivery, a very rare white colt is born. However, the mother rejects the offspring and the nomads' two youngest sons are sent on a perilous journey through the desert to a remote town in search of the only person who can save the newborn...
Kagemusha (Dir. Akira Kurosawa, 1980) In this exciting, visually dazzling epic from Akira Kurosawa, a petty thief named Kagemusha gets saved from a death sentence because he resembles the warlord Shingen Takeda. The warlord has been fighting two other leaders for control of 16th-century Japan and impersonators often take his place during battles to put him out of harm's way. Because of Kagemusha's strong physical similarities to the warlord, he's a perfect choice for a "shadow warrior."
However, the arrangement suddenly changes when Shingen gets fatally shot while watching a battle. Adhering to Shingen's final wish, the warlord's men keep the death a secret and Kagemusha takes his place. But Shingen's oldest son refuses to go along with the plan and leads his own attack on one of the enemy armies.
Although Kagemusha's true identity is eventually discovered and he's sent away, the now-brave "shadow warrior" joins the warlord's son to make a final heroic attack on the enemy.
Talk To Her (Dir. Pedro Almodovar, 2002) After a chance encounter at a theater, two men, Benigno and Marco, meet at a private clinic where Benigno works. Lydia, Marco's girlfriend and a bullfighter by profession, has been gored and is in a coma. It so happens that Benigno is looking after another woman in a coma, Alicia, a young ballet student...
Talk To Her is a film about the joy of narration and about the word as a weapon against solitude, disease, death and madness. It is also a film about madness, about a type of madness so close to tenderness and common sense that it does not diverge from normality.
Jean De Florette:
Original theatrical trailer
'Making Of' documentary (72 mins)
The Story Of The Weeping Camel:
DVD-Rom features: Camel Facts!
Talk To Her:
Original theatrical trailer
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