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Being at Home With Claude [Import]

Roy Dupuis , Jacques Godin , Jean Beaudin    Unrated   VHS Tape
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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A cynical police detective (Jacques Godin) interrogates a male prostitute (Roy Dupuis) to discover why he murdered his respected male lover. Written and directed Jean Beaudin, and based on the stage play by Rene Daniel Dubois, this French-language film is hurt by glossy direction. By opening the story from a one-room stage and throwing in flashbacks to the relationship between the prostitute and his lover, the film undermines the tension created by the claustrophobia of an interrogation. It does feature intense performances by Godin and Dupuis though, and explores similar themes--love and sex against a background of murder--as Love and Human Remains, another stage-to-screen adaptation. --D.K. Latta

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Being At Home With Claude Oct. 14 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Fans of "La Femme Nikita" finally get to see Roy Dupuis emote in this chamber drama. Dupuis plays Yves, a tortured prostitute, who has murdered his lover. The film plays out as a police interrogation, the detective slowing drawing out the harrowing details from Yves.
If you are looking for a police drama with lots of action, this is not the movie for you. If you appreciate intricate character studies, then "Being At Home With Claude" delivers.
Dupuis owns this movie through and through. The film is Yves's confession and largely takes place in one room with just the police detective. In such a restricted setting, Dupuis holds our attention with his ability to convey a variety of different emotions: guilt, anger, love, frustration. His ability to make us care about his character, to feel some sort of empathy, is what makes this excellent film so captivating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy Roy at his best! June 6 2002
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I watched this video today. I was alittle annoyed by the english subtitles but couldn't keep my eyes off of the beautiful speciman of a man! Roy is delicious!He looked so good! I felt it really showed what a great actor he could be! If you like Roy you will put up with the subtitles!It's worth reading them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is an emotional film! March 19 2001
By kim - Published on Amazon.com
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It is dark and sordid but really could not be portrayed fittingly in any other way. The acting is absolutely phenomenal. Roy Dupuis not only takes the show but forcefully steals it so that you begin to wonder if he isn't the only actor in the movie. The cinematography is also well done with flashbacks and subtle switching between color and black & white. It was a little difficult to follow at first because it is English sub-titled and the actors are speaking extremely fast. The passion however, is unmistakable and I truly felt that this was an actual event happening before my eyes as opposed to a film script. I was pulled into the emotional contradiction and inner wrestling that the character Yves was feeling and could almost taste the pain. If this is Roy Dupuis' first movie debut, we are in for a wild, wild ride! This actor obviously loves his art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a mind-blowing trip Aug. 25 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Intense, with horror and beauty so intertwined it's hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. Not for the faint of heart or for those who are turned off by gays. But it is a wonderful story, well-acted (Dupuis turns in a magnificent performance) and filled with suspense that is relieved only at the end -- it keeps your attention riveted. It certainly made me wish my French were good enough to follow the dialogue, which is swift and complex. The subtitles follow reasonably well, so you do get the gist of the experience. Well worth the price, as it is the sort of movie one watches more than once, finding new elements of meaning each time it is viewed.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must see film Sept. 10 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Roy Dupuis gives a heart felt proformance as Yves a smart and sexy hustler who wasn't looking for what he found when he met Claude. This is a film about what we are all searching for and what most of us never really find, because when we have it most of the time we don't know what to do with it. Yves finds it, and it terrified him, made him feel lost and confused. And he took that feeling of desperation out on the only person who could really understand. Words can't discribe this film in the way it should be discribed, so I suggest you buy this film, sit back, be perpared to have your heart broken and your mind expanded. Once you see it I promise you will never be the same.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional rollercoaster ride March 18 2002
By ShoppingMuse - Published on Amazon.com
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First thing: 5 stars is not enough for this movie. It won Dupuis some awards and it should have won him even more. The whole movie is staged in one room - the Judge's office- with the occasional flashback into Yves'(Dupuis)life and the circumstances that got him to kill the person he loved most. With Yves is a police-officer who in the beginning doesn't care about Yves at all and expresses his disgust quite openly but Yves doesn't give an inch - he knows he is guilty and he wants to be punished. That's all that matters to him. While the officer unwraps Yves identity his walls crumble and he begins to tell what led him to commit this crime. The acting is so intense that you actually feel you become a part of the story. You are there! Right with Yves. You feel what he felt and it is actually scary that one would understand what led Yves to commit this crime. Jaques Grodin compliments Dupuis acting very well. The tough guy that has seen it all and who has no sympathy for 'scum' like Yves actually takes a lesson from him in the end - from someone who really loved - even if he was a murderer.
When Dupuis gives his 30 minute monolgue at the end of the movie I regularly forget to breathe. And a movie that can do that, even after the tenth time you have seen it, simply deserves more than 5 stars....
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-see for those who really know something about pain Oct. 11 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the movie that once you see it, you will never forget. It will change the way you look at life forever. I wathsed it three times the first day I rent it. The film wan't very comfortable to watch because of subject matters, but the story was so compelling that I still remember how I felt that day even now. Maybe it was just like the story itself, the character spoke out the deep desperation I had in real live, something we usually have to hide beneath ourselves otherwise we cann't hang on to our lives. It is a beautiful movie, in many ways. I cann't imagine what the actors must go through to portait the charactors that provocative but so deep at the same time. The is the best performance of Roy Dupuis I'd ever seen. And one story I'll never forget in my life.
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