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The Village (Bilingual)
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M. Night Shyamalan (SIGNS, UNBREAKABLE, THE SIXTH SENSE), the director who brought you the world's greatest thrillers on DVD, now creates his most thought-provoking triumph yet ... breaking international records and dazzling audiences around the globe! THE VILLAGE is a smart, edge-of-your-seat chiller crawling with terrifying surprises and frightening twists and turns. An isolated, tight-knit community lives in mortal fear of an oppressive evil inhabiting the forbidden forest just beyond their tiny village. So frightening that no one ventures into the woods ... until one villager dares to face the unknown. With unforgettable performances from Joaquin Phoenix, Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt, Adrien Brody, and newcomer Bryce Dallas Howard, this powerful motion picture is one of Hollywood's best psychological thrillers and ranks with the best of Hitchcock!
Pour son sixième film, Le village, et après les succès de Le sixième sens, Lindestructible ou Signes, le réalisateur M. Night Shyamalan applique à nouveau sa recette favorite : du frisson, une pointe dhorreur, des sursauts et une surprise finale.
En 1897, lharmonie heureuse dun petit village de Pennsylvanie, que préservent les anciens, est perturbée par les attaques des monstres dont on ne doit pas prononcer le noms, attirés par la couleur rouge et qui hantent les bois alentours. Mais le climat de peur désormais instillé empêchera-t-il Lucius, le discret, et Ivy, la jeune aveugle, de saimer ? Dautant que Noah, le fou du fillage, est déjà amoureux de la belle.
Magnifiquement filmé, notamment dans les scènes de nuit, usant avec grâce de la profondeur de champ, Le village compte également sur le scénario habilement construit de M. Night Shyamalan et sur des interprètes en forme :William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, Joaquin Phoenix mais surtout Bryce Dallas Howard (la fille du réalisateur Ron Howard) en jeune aveugle amoureuse et Adrien Brody, terriblement inquiétant. Abusant parfois deffets sonores, le film perpétue également la croyance du réalisateur en la bonté, linnocence et la simplicité de lhumain tout en découvrant une métaphore politique finale intéressante. Le DVD est complété par un making-of, un journal de bord de Mlle Howard, des scènes supprimées et un film de jeunesse plutôt amusant du réalisateur. Helen Faradji.See all Product Description
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But for young Lucius Hunt (Joaquin Phoenix), personally dismayed at the death of several children within Covington, life staying hidden within the forest clearing and always running away from the creatures is completely dissatisfying. In order to stop the future deaths of many other children from ever happening, Lucius appeals to The Elders, asking their permission to leave Covington and get medicine from the other neighboring towns. Lucius' request is turned down, and his widowed mother, Alice (Sigourney Weaver), begins to worry more about her son, and how quiet he has become.
Ivy Walker (Bryce Dallas Howard), the beautiful and spirited redhead blind girl of Covington, and always a close friend of Lucius, is now discovering that she and Lucius may be falling deeply, madly, truly in love with each other.Read more ›
I really enjoyed this movie. The actors are all excellent and the creepy mood is lightened by a bit of innocent romance. Some of the characters are written as stereotypes - Ivy is the wisest and bravest girl in the village (if not the world) and never, ever stumbles - but others are more intriguing: Adrien Brody gives a touching performance as a mentally retarded young man who causes trouble, and Joaquin Phoenix is sweet as the lovesick hero. You'll have no trouble figuring out the twist early on, but that's OK; it's still a fun flick with a stellar cast.
The film is produced by M. Night Shyamalan; so there is no surprise in the formula or big picture. It is not hard to figure out the premise shortly into the story. However there are several surprising twists on the way.
The acting was surprisingly exceptional. We have well known actors that have the ability not to let their personalities overwhelm their characters.
The sets and period costumes were superb. You can see that there was a lot of time and money that went into them. You have the feel that you are there.
Although this film may not have achieved the potential in many eyes it is probably one of the best balance and almost believable stories Shyamalan has shown us. It is more than just a tale as we se how people relate and can relate under stress and great joy.
The archetype for the movie could have been lifted right out of a Joseph Campbell's book "The Hero with a Thousand Faces" (1949). The four stages making up the cycle of a monomyth are "passage: separation-initiation-return:"
Some people have viewed this as a horror story, others as a drama but it doesn't really manage to fall into either genre comfortably. It's not a bad film, it's certainly worth viewing once, but it's not one that you would want to watch over and over.
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Good film. Great cinematography. Somewhat intriguing. I enjoyed the "lead up" more than the reveal but the trip was worth it nevertheless.Published 7 months ago by nobody
This movie arrived promptly and was in perfect condition. I have since watched it and there were zero scratches or glitches. Thank you for your dependable service!Published on Oct. 17 2012 by Marlies Puttkemery-Henny
Dans ce suspense d'horreur et de mystère réalisé par M. Night Shyamalan, l'audience ne pourra qu'être captivée du début à la fin. Read morePublished on Sept. 27 2009 by I. Theoret
This movie starts out slow, and one can be very confused in the beginning. Once we are familiarised with the characters however, it starts getting interesting. Read morePublished on March 28 2005 by Jordan
PLEASE DON'T WASTE YOU TIME OR MONEY ON THIS MOVIE OR SHOULD I SAY PIECE OF S!@T.Published on March 25 2005 by Llywelyn Evans
I think the problem is the director bills this as another scare movie with a twist like Sixth Sense or Unbreakable. Read morePublished on March 14 2005 by Adam D. Dunn
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