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Beaver, The / Le complexe du castor (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Studio: SVM: Summit
  • Release Date: Aug. 23 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0056G1AOS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,062 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Plagued by his own demons, Walter Black was once a successful toy executive and family man who now suffers from depression. No matter what he tries, Walter can't seem to get himself back on track until a beaver hand puppet enters his life.


Walter Black est un homme déchu et souffrant d’une dépression sévère, mis à la porte par sa femme Meredith et détesté par son fils aîné Porter. Songeant au suicide, il est sauvé in extremis par une marionnette sous forme de castor trouvée par hasard. Accroché à son bras gauche, l’animal en peluche devient son sauveur.

In the age of 24/7 news cycles and paparazzi storms, separating a celebrity's outside activities from their projects is a near-impossibility. In some select cases, that may not be such a bad thing. When judged solely by what's on the screen, The Beaver is a strange curio of a film, an extremely well-acted, yet rather austere profile of a suburban meltdown that tiptoes uneasily between drama and black comedy. When the personal life of its star Mel Gibson is factored in, however, it becomes exponentially more vital. Kyle Killen's script follows Walter Black (Gibson), the terminally depressed CEO-by-inheritance of a toy company, whose wife (director Jodie Foster) finally gives him the heave-ho after years of miscommunication. On the edge of ending it all, he discovers a buck-toothed puppet in a dumpster, and proceeds to use it as a separate (and worryingly dominant) entity determined to help him put his life in turnaround. As he begins to regain the trust of his bewildered yet game family and coworkers, his alienated oldest son (Anton Yelchin) strikes up a tentative romance with a cerebral cheerleader (Winter's Bone's amazing Jennifer Lawrence). Once Walter begins bringing his furry counterpart into the shower, however, things start to crack. Foster's intelligence as a director is well established by this point, but her measured, reasoned approach seems somehow wrong for the premise, which may have benefited from a wilder, on-the-brink feel to match that of its characters. Gibson, however, always seems willing to go farther than the film's controlled tone allows, bringing a hysterical, mesmerizing pathos to the increasingly manic give-and-take relationship between himself and his dark side. Foster's odd, sympathetic film is well worth watching, but its theory could stand a little more of her lead actor's troubled chaos. --Andrew Wright

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By Neurosky on March 1 2014
I really wasn't expecting this one to be nearly this good! It's different and not everyone goes for different, but it's unique and very real in a lot of ways. It somehow manages to pull off being funny, eerie and very dramatic. That alone is a rare accomplishment in film, I think. I would definitely recommend this one to a friend. Personally, I don't care for the implication that depression is inherited (not that it can't be but some people, like myself, can become very depressed even with an otherwise cheery and healthy family.) But, the film was very well done and deserves 5 stars. I didn't think I'd agree with the comment that this was Gibson's best performance, but I do. I was actually very impressed with the heartbreakingly real acting he gives here. I didn't realize he could reveal such depth and intensity of emotion (other than anger or 'craziness.') Also, apparently Gibson is also a natural puppeteer. I've seen 'professional' puppeteers do horribly compared to this. I am very impressed all around.
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By Cheryl TOP 100 REVIEWER on Jan. 25 2014
The Beaver is a character study, mainly of depression in various degrees. Mel Gibson gives an astounding performance as the man who seems to have it all, except the will to live, which he slowly and oddly re-discovers through a beaver puppet. Jodie Foster directs the film with a straightforward style, and on-camera portrays his frustrated and bewildered wife. The script is well-written for the main characters' development as well as the sensitivities of the issues at hand, and there is good acting all around. (Look for another great role by Jennifer Lawrence as the son's love interest.) Though I found the film compelling, mainly for Mel Gibson's performance, I'm not sure this film is for everyone. The direction is responsible and sometimes there's just not that much to cheer about. Blu-ray extras include a brief making-of, deleted scenes and commentary.
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