Video Reviews, May 15, 2012


starred review star Ne Change Rien. b/w. 100 min. In French w/English subtitles. Pedro Costa, dist. by Cinema Guild Home Video, 2011. DVD ISBN 9780781513777. $29.95. MUSIC

French actress and singer Jeanne Balibar (b. 1968) isn’t merely another torch singer. She emanates music the way she exhales her cigarettes, in an enveloping mist that is both aurally captivating and visually entrancing, and Costa’s film elegantly, mesmerizingly captures her in performance and rehearsal and places in between. Ne Change Rien is as fascinating a window into filmmaking as it is into music‚ it feels more like a feature film than a documentary. Balibar is comfortable with the camera, and her creativity, craftsmanship, and interaction with ace guitarist Rodolphe Burger are shown to maximum effect. Like much of most emotional performances, the quiet, unspoken places are as important as the music. Bonus features include The End of the Affair, a short film by Costa, and additional songs. VERDICT This is a quiet masterpiece of filmmaking, clearly evocative of the best of the French New Wave. Highly recommended.‚ Bill Baars, Lake Oswego P.L., OR


starred review star How To Die in Oregon. color. 107+ min. Peter D. Richardson, HBO Documentary Films, dist. by Docurama c/o New Video, 800-314-8822; 2012. DVD ISBN 9781422995244. $29.95. soc sci

In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill. This film explores the experiences of several patients who choose that option as well as some who do not and some who, when it is time, are physically unable to drink the cocktail, as the law requires. The film also follows the efforts of one woman in Washington State to help to pass a similar law in memory of her husband, who died of cancer after much suffering. The crucial part of the Oregon law is that the individual makes the decision and ingests the dose under his or her own power. All the doctor does is write the prescription. Some people have the prescription filled but then don’t use it. Some wait longer than they thought they would. But all have the prerogative of dying at home, surrounded by loved ones instead of strangers and devoid of machinery. The question of this action’s effects on the family is explored in depth. No one has the right to choose for anyone else, but everyone ought to have the right to choose for themselves. VERDICT This film is recommended for physicians, students, ethicists, patients, and all who wish to live a worthwhile life for as long as they can.‚ Susan B. Hagloch, formerly with Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, OH


The following titles are reviewed in the May 15 print issue. Visit our Reviews Center (Beta) for the full reviews.


The Brontës of Haworth. 2 discs. color. 260+ min. Marc Miller, Yorkshire Television & ITV Studios, dist. by Acorn Media, 888-870-8047; 2012. DVD ISBN 9781598287387. $39.99. SDH subtitles. F/BIOPIC

Killing Bono. color. 114+ min. Nick Hamm, dist. by ARC Entertainment c/o Amazon; Midwest Tape. 2012. DVD UPC 796019823876. $22.99. Closed-captioned. Rated: R. F/MUSIC

New Tricks: Season 6. 3 discs. color. 470+ min. Martyn Friend & others, BBC, dist. by Acorn Media, 888-870-8047; 2012. DVD ISBN 9781598287264. $39.99. SDH subtitles. F


Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story. color. 52 min. Daniel Birman, dist. by Cinema Guild, 212-685-6242; 2011. DVD ISBN 9780781513807. $99.95; acad. libs. $295 (Rental: $99.95). Public performance. CRIMINOLOGY

King Arthur and Medieval Britain. 2 discs. color. 315+ min. A&E Television Networks, dist. by New Video, 800-314-8822; 2012. DVD ISBN 9781422991909. $19.95. HIST

Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles. color & b/w. 87+ min. Jon Foy, Land of Missing Parts Prod., dist. by Entertainment One, 2012. DVD ISBN 9781417235858. $24.98. SDH subtitles. PARAPSYCH

The Grove: AIDS and the Politics of Remembrance. color. 57 min. Andy Abrahams Wilson, Open Eye Pictures,; 2011. DVD ISBN 9780984140718. $85; acad. libs. $229. Public performance; closed-captioned. SOC SCI


Sun Come Up. color. 38 min. Jennifer Redfearn, Big Red Barn Films in assoc. with Chicken & Egg Pictures, dist. by New Day Films, 2011. DVD ISBN 9780615509556. $129; acad. libs. $295 (Rental: $75). Public performance. ENVIRONMENT

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  1. Jackie M says:

    It would be nice for someone to write about Costa and collaboration and this film. He has collaborated in writing dialogue, I believe, with those who live in Fontainhas in his Fontainhas trilogy, but what about collaboration here? He notes in the production notes that he was interested in what are different forms of collaboration–Lenon and McCartney and the Velvet Underground, for example. But what about his own collaboration? Is he just interested in exploring Balibar’s collaboration with Burgher and her other partners or can this be read more reflexively?