Plot: What’s it about?
Ben (Jean-Marc Barr) works in the morgue and his life is a little strange, as his wife has left him behind and now he seeks out various unusual sexual adventures. He sees dead bodies all the time of course, but when the corpse of a beautiful young woman is thrown on the slab, his life takes a turn off the beaten course. In a strange turn of events, the young woman, Teresa (╔lodie Bouchez) revives from her death and returns to the realm of the living. As she wakes up in Ben’s arms, she and he start down a road toward all sorts of sex and death laced adventures. As the two explore each other and even other people, they run into all sorts of characters, from a man with AIDS to a man who is smitten with the idea of orgies. As the time passes, the music pulses, and their world seems to close in on them, what will become of Ben and Teresa?
The back of this case compares this film to Eyes Wide Shut, Breaking The Waves, and Crash and in truth, those would be good starting points. Of course, each of these movies explore different topics and such, but the main elements are the same in all of them. Much like those films, Don’t Let Me Die On A Sunday looks into sexual escapades and loyalty, but of course, this one handles the subject matter in a unique fashion. This means lots of risque sequences of course, so if you can’t take some nudity and sexual situations, this isn’t a film you’ll like. I knew this would be an offbeat flick from the start though, so I knew what I was in for, but if you’re easily offended, this won’t be one for your rental needs. In addition to the normal sexual situations, this film also explores sadomasochism, orgies, and those folks with the AIDS virus. In other words, this flick covers some unusual ground and as such, only those with a taste for the offbeat will want to check this one out. I found it to be very gutsy and well made, although I don’t think I liked it enough to own this disc.
I haven’t seen a lot of her work, but I like Elodie Bouchez here and I think she has a lot of potential & talent. She seems in terrific form here and with this type of material, I imagine it was even tougher for her to perform. But even under some pressing circumstances, Bouchez delivers on all counts and really shines here. I like how she seems so loaded with lust, but also has an innocent side that opens at times, very impressive indeed. I think she has a lot of terrific traits and I hope her to see in more flicks soon, especially in a leading role position. Other films with Bouchez include Lovers, Shooting Stars, The Stolen Diary, Full Speed, Blame It On Voltaire, and The Dreamlife of Angels. The cast here also includes Martin Petit-Guyot, Jean-Michel FΩte (My Man, Blue Days), Patrick Catalifo (I Hate Love, Children of Chaos), GΘrard Loussine (Bingo!), and Jean-Marc Barr (The Big Blue, Dancer in the Dark).
Video: How does it look?
Don’t Let Me Die On A Sunday is presented in a 1.78:1 widescreen transfer, which is not enhanced for widescreen televisions. This comes as a let down, as the region two disc is anamorphic, as well as packed with more extras, but more on that later. This image looks decent though, with the film’s drab color scheme present and no serious flaws in contrast to report. I did see a lot of edge enhancement in a few scenes, which was a little distracting, but not to an extreme degree. The print also looks clean most of the time, with just a few nicks and specks of debris to discuss. I do wish this was anamorphic like the region two disc, but this is still a nice looking presentation.
Audio: How does it sound?
The included French audio track is solid, but once again, pales when compared to the region two disc, which sports a Dolby Digital 5.1 option. But in this case, I don’t think the added depth would be too impressive, although I do think the mix is a little richer in that release on the whole. This track handles the basics well enough though, as the music sounds good, the minimal sound effects are solid, and the dialogue seems crisp and at a proper volume. I am unsure why the 5.1 track couldn’t have been used here, but this disc does include (permanent) English subtitles, while the other has no subtitles included.
Supplements: What are the extras?
A selection of promotional materials is included, which amounts to some stills and lobby cards. Once again, the region two disc holds the edge, as it sports a bonus short film and an alternate ending. Again, I am unsure why those elements weren’t tacked on here, but I assume it was a rights issue.