- Format: NTSC
- Language: French
- Subtitles: French, English
- Region: Region A/1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Seville Pictures
- Release Date: Nov. 22 2011
- Run Time: 109 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- ASIN: B005O1LRCA
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,865 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Starbuck [Blu-ray] (Version française)
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Malgré ses 42 ans, David Wosniak est un éternel adolescent. Il travaille à la boucherie de son père où on lui confie les tâches les plus simples, il est criblé de dettes et a beaucoup de difficultés à convaincre sa copine Valérie qu'il peut être un homme fiable et responsable. Un avocat entre un jour dans son appartement pour lui annoncer qu'il est le géniteur de 533 enfants. David n'est pas prêt à rencontrer ces personnes dont il est le père biologique et encore moins à assumer les responsabilités qui en découlent. Mais lorsqu'il reçoit les dossiers des individus en question, il ne peut résister à la tentation de les survoler pour découvrir qui ils sont. --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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I am involved in the world of donor conception and found this to be a funny, heartwarming film that dealt with a serious subject in a light way without trivialising the impact on offspring or donor of creating people with sperm (or eggs) from outside of the intending parent couple (or individual).
Then he gets approached by a lawyer who says he is representing a group action of 142 young adults who are all the result of artificial insemination from a particular clinic, where he made a vast number of ‘deposits’, it turns out he had the best ‘material’ and has fathered 533. He is shocked at first but then curiosity gets the better of him and he decides to see what his ‘kids’ are really like and if he should reveal his identity.
This is a funny, sweet, warm and sometimes moving piece of cinema; I was reaching for the hankies on a couple of occasions. He had made the ‘deposits’ under the fake name of Starbuck, hence the title and is played by Patrick Huard who also made ‘Funky Town’ which is another little gem. All of the cast are excellent and so much is crammed in here that you really are getting great value in a great feel good film. It is nigh on all in French, lots of English in the soundtrack which includes ‘Tuung’ and the brilliant ‘The National’. The sub titles are all good too, the framing of the shots is adequate nothing award winning but still it has a wonderful feel to the whole thing and I really loved it, Ken Scott’s next one is ‘Delivery Man’ if it is half as good as this it will be worth the wait.
Another issue to ponder is the business of parenting. What is good parenting? Is it a private job, or is it really true that a child needs a whole village to parent her or him?
This movie would make a humourous start to a workshop on adoption and/or parenting. As a thought raiser, the rilm is excellent. However the film does not glow with memorable acting; no one person excells. The film as a piece of art is average, not remarkable. This might serve the purpose of the film. The acting etc do not detract from the isses.
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