DVD Review: A Paris Education

DVD Release Date: Jan. 8, 2018
Price: DVD $25.75
Studio: Kino Lorber

A Paris Education reads likes it’s the latest oh-so-French French flick to take an oh-so-precious look at cinema.

In 1968, Etienne (Andranic Manet), a serious and impressionable shaggy-haired young cinephile, leaves behind his steady girlfriend (Diane Rouxel) in Lyon to study film in Paris. Settling into a dingy flat with a rotating cast of roommates, he immerses himself in a bohemian world of artists, intellectuals, and fellow film geeks who excitedly share their passion for Bresson, Ford, and obscure Russian directors. It’s a seemingly idyllic life of the mind—until more complicated matters of the flesh, as well as jealous creativity, intrude.

Shooting in black-and-white and interweaving references to philosophy, music, and cinema—from Pascal to Mahler to Parajanov—filmmaker Jean Paul Civeyrac, in the words of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, “conjures a bittersweet ode to the heady days of student life that evokes the films of the French New Wave.”

Blu-ray extras on the foreign drama include a theatrical trailer, a book essay by critic Kristen Yoonsoo Kim and three short films by writer/director Jean Paul Civeyrac.

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.