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Punch-Drunk Love (Superbit(TM), Special Edition) (Bilingual)

Adam Sandler , Emily Watson , Paul Thomas Anderson    Unrated   DVD
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Quatrième long métrage de Paul Thomas Anderson, Punch-Drunk Love se joue des codes de la comédie romantique. Surprenant et rafraîchissant, ce film a reçu le prix de la mise en scène au Festival de Cannes en 2002.

Barry Egan a un costume bleu, sept sœurs et un emploi. Mais sa vie change quand il décide de s’intéresser à un concours organisé par une marque de puddings permettant d’accumuler des kilomètres en avion. Il rencontre deux blondes : l’une, douce et romantique ; l’autre, prostituée et arnaqueuse.

Paul Thomas Anderson situe l’action en banlieue de Los Angeles, royaume des grandes surfaces et de la dépersonnalisation. Portrait d’un célibataire dépressif et violent, voire schizophrène, Punch-Drunk Love dresse aussi un noir tableau de notre société, où règnent la normalité et la banalité. Ce célibataire maladroit, c’est le loser, l’exemple parfait de ce qu’il ne faut pas faire pour réussir sa vie.

Misant sur le charisme d’Adam Sandler, une des stars du Saturday Night Live, et sur la très juste Emily Watson, Punch-Drunk Love bénéficie également d’une réalisation toute en finesse, oscillant entre un expressionnisme stylisé et l’univers en technicolor des comédies musicales. Malgré un happy end peut-être un peu facile, ce film original est un beau pied de nez au cinéma de papa, grincheux et cynique. --Helen Faradji

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5.0 out of 5 stars if you liked "Amelie"... April 9 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
you should like this. "punch-drunk love" does for lonely guys what "Amelie" did for lonely gals. both films are about odd, introverted people. both try to show the world as seen by the protagonists: magical and dreamy for Amelie; sterile and nightmarish for Barry Eagan. both are charming and sweet love stories. and strangely, both involve the sex trade! each in its own odd way. pdl is a (slightly) funnier film, though.
each film also makes interesting use of a different spatial dimension. in A, the vertical dimension is very important - many things either fall (A's mother, the goldfish, etc) or are discovered on the ground (the treasure box, torn pictures, boyfriend, etc). in PDL, it's the dimension into the plane of the film that's important - think of the long driveway leading up Barry's shop, or the corridors in the apartment and hotel, or the aiport walkway, etc. it's no coincidence that Leana first emerges from the end of the long driveway, or that Barry runs through the the long apt corridors to steal his first kiss, or that the lovebirds first hold hands as they stroll through the winding halls in the hotel.
the screenplay was very well written, especially for Barry. the conversations were funny just because they are so accurate: this is just the way you'd imagine someone like Eagen would talk. hilarious.
a good film. well worth watching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Punch-Drunk Perfection July 2 2004
Format:DVD
Right off, I want to say that I'm a huge fan of Paul Thomas Anderson. Boogie Nights and Magnolia are two of the best ensemble pieces I've ever seen. Needless to say, I was quite surprised when I heard that he'd done a small picture, a love story, and that it starred Adam Sandler. But that was only the beginning of the surprises, as I soon found out...
Sandler plays Barry Egan, a quiet, lonely guy who is experiencing a degree of emotional angst about life. He's trying to make his business prosper, dealing with seven nagging sisters (all of whom badger him relentlessly about life, love, etc...), and yet finds himself swinging from sobbing uncontrollably to abject rage from time to time, with no apparent reason. In a lonely moment, he indulges in a phone-sex scam with unfortunate consequences. He's also buying up lots of groceries in an attempt to gain a million free air miles and meanwhile, a romance is blossoming with Lena (Emily Watson), a friend of one of his sisters. With me so far?
The real beauty of this film is in its imagery and simplicity. Barry and Lena are imperfect people trying to connect in an imperfect world. Anderson gives an amazing amount of trust to the actors to portray these people honestly, and it works wonderfully. They are able to convey a universe of emotion with very few words, and the connection seems so real, so tangible, that just watching them is almost like falling in love. The use of music, always excellent in Anderson's films, is just as perfect here and I have to say, the scene in which Barry and Lena walk down a hotel hallway in Hawaii with the song Maui Chimes playing quietly in the background, as he takes her hand and the camera irises in on their hands as they round a corner is quite possibly the sweetest love scene I've never seen.
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By Nobody!
Format:DVD
Punch-Drunk Love, Paul Thomas Anderson's fourth film is a reworking of Amelie for men instead of women. Yes, both films are about lonely, quirky, and socially neurotic people, but Amelie, ultimately, is a far more masterful interpretation of such a person than is this. Punch-Drunk Love's Barry Eagan is an idiosyncratic and quiet guy, but, despite what most might say, was not developed or humanized enough for the viewer to really feel for him or even understand him. Though he lets people walk all over him, this in itself doesn't mean he is very nice or humanistic: he is unable to admit anything about himself and lies to everyone he meets [including the girl he loves] so no one will know how crazy he is. And, instead of dealing with his problems rationally and intelligently, he threatens his enemies with his brute strength. Why is he like this? Well, the film would have you believe his incessant secrecy and catastrophic blow-ups are due to his mean sisters' taunting him [calling him "gay boy"--so scarring!], but the evil sisters are too overdrawn and over-villainized to feasibly accept full responsibility for Barry's social idiocy. In fact, they are so badly portrayed and inhuman that it is surprising that he even becomes exasperated with their antics at all--that is, you would think that after being around them his whole life he would have safeguarded himself against them and, by thirty, would unresponsively witness and endure through their brutality with a knowing indifference. Instead, he gets frightfully nasty [worse than they are]--smashing up windows and beating people with crowbars. Yeah, that is what happens when someone is mistreated their whole life. And the viewers disliking your hero, Paul Thomas Anderson, is what happens when you don't know people at all [but think you do]. Read more ›
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2.0 out of 5 stars Major letdown from one of my favorite directors April 11 2004
Format:DVD
I am a huge fan of Paul Thomas Anderson's movies, yet for some reason (besides knowing beforehand that this was not one of his amazing Altmaneque multi-character studies and my general skepticism about Adam Sandler as an actor), my gut told me to take a pass when this movie first came out. Since enough time had passed since it came out, and knowing that both Sandler and the movie received critical acclaim, I decided to give it a shot.
The movie starts out in an imaginative manner and thankfully does not neatly tell you everything that you need to know about its leading character (wonderfully played by Adam Sandler in a role that shows a totally different layer of what he has to offer as an actor) nor where the movie will be heading. As most of us know, most of the movies that come out are created by committee, focus groups, commercial tie-ins, and seem to have a contractual obligation to secure a box office friendly PG-13 rating, and simply too many stakeholders. So one has to at least be thankful that PTA, like Spike Jonz (I loved "Being John Malkovich" and liked some of "Adaptation") just to name another young director, has enough clout to work in a relatively independent without having to waver from their vision. It's not everyday that movies like "Boogie Nights" and "Magnolia" are allowed to make it to the screen while moving at a slow pace and sometimes clocking in at over 3 hours as is the case with PTA or gets to make a movie as original as "Being John Malkovich" in the case of Jonz.
That about all the positive that I can squeeze out from "Punch Drunk Love", which the exception that PTA manages to tell his story in less than 90 minutes and he has not lost his ability to have a character's words sound like those of real people.
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