Mal de pierres

Mal de pierres

From the land of the moon

DVD - 2017 | French
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In 1950s France, Gabrielle is a passionate, free-spirited woman who is in a loveless marriage and falls for another man when she is sent away to the Alps to treat her kidney stones. Gabrielle yearns to free herself and run away with Andre.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : StudioCanal : Sundance Selects, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: FRENCH DVD MAL DE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (121 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1,rda
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
Language Note: In French, German and Spanish with optional Spanish or English subtitles; closed-captioned
Alternative Title: From the land of the moon


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Aug 21, 2018

Marion Cotillard and Alex Brendemühl illuminate this film with their gritty depiction of a loveless marriage. Both main characters have some growing up/healing to do (the highly reserved Alex has resettled in France after being forced out of Spain by the Civil War.) This is set in conformist 1950s France, so a passionate, mercurial, and openly sexual Marion is considered--if not insane--at the very least urgently in need of being married off so she can get the 1950s ring of respectability. The movie earns its worth in the second half, where she attends a luxury sanitarium/spa and meets a fallen war hero who shares her romanticism. There are moments of what could have been versus what turns out to be real. The French countryside and seaside is a beautiful setting: harvesting fresh lavender on the family farm takes on a lyrical quality. Note: in French with English subtitles.

Nov 06, 2017

The blue skirt, lavender field, Côte d'Azur, blue melody June and Wuthering Heights! Adapted from an Italian lady's novel, a story about a Lyon man, a Catalan man and a Provence woman, with Brigitte-Bardot-esque hair styles and dresses.


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