Written by: Michael Den Boer on November 11th, 2014
BluRay released: November 18th, 2014
Approximate running time: 104 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono French
BluRay Release: Carlotta Films U.S.
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $29.95
Synopsis: An aspiring filmmaker named Alex looks for someone to fill the void created by his girlfriend, who left his for his best friend. After a chance meeting he meets a woman named Mireille with suicidal tendencies, who is going through her own relationship crisis. Will they be able to find in each other the things they need to be happy or will their time together be short lived?
Boys Meets Girl was the feature film debut Leos Carax (Mauvais Sang, The Lovers on the Bridge) who along with Luc Besson (Subway, Nikita) and Jean-Jacques Beineix (Diva, Betty Blue) where all part of Cinéma du look, a French film movement of the 1980s. Two Key Collaborators on Boy Meets Girls include actor Denis Lavant who has appeared in four of Leos Carax’s five feature films and cinematographer Jean-Yves Escoffier who worked with Leos Carax on his first three films. Content wise, Boy Meets Girl is a film that proudly wears its cinematic influences on its sleeve, most notably silent cinema and Jean-Luc Godard.
A trio of dialog heavy confrontational moments set this film’s narrative in motion, the first involving a woman with her child in their car and she has just called her significant other to inform him that she is leaving him. The rejection does not end there as she further informs him that she has taken all of his poems and paintings and she is going to throw these items into the river. The other main confrontation involves this film’s protagonist Alex who has just learned that his girlfriend has left him for his best friend and Alex nearly kills said friend during their confrontation. The third confrontation and the most distant of these three involves a woman named Mireille that Alex falls in love with her later on in the film. Her breakup is coming via an intercom which she uses to talk to her boyfriend who is standing outside of where they live. And unknown to him the man who is going to replace him Alex, is standing behind him observing the events as they unfold.
From there are series of sequences where the protagonist Alex becomes an observer as he watches how other couples interact and hears sounds of his neighbors making love. Unfortunately for him they remind him of the woman he has just lost and in one last attempt to woo her back her steals records for her and he leaves them with a note that he slid under her apartment door. And when this last ditch attempt to regain what he had lost fails, he then continues his search as an observer which eventually leads him to a party where he destiny brings him together with Mireille, the woman who’s voice her had heard before and had yet to see face to face.
Though the words can often be sparse in this film, the emotions are always put front and center for the viewer to fully appreciate that state that each character is in at any given moment. In place of words this film effortlessly uses Body language and facial expressions to convey the message it is trying to get across. And to further enhance these waterfall of emotions that are display in every frame of this film is its exquisite use of black and white cinematographer. And nowhere is this film’s uses of black and white more potent than in its tragic finale.
Performance the weight of this film sits upon the shoulders of its two leads Denis Lavant in the role of Alex and Mireille Perrier in the role of Mireille. These two actors give emotionally charged performances that are convincing and they have an undeniable chemistry. This film’s most memorable scene is when they finally have their first face to face conversion in the kitchen at a party they both are attending.
Though love is a universal theme that has served as the basis of countless feature films, far too many of these films are bogged down by the obligatory cinematic happy ending. Thankfully not everyone walks to the beat of that all too familiar drummer and there exist films like Boy Meets Girl that go against the grain with their depiction of the many sides of love. Ultimately Boy Meets Girl is an exceptional melodrama that lingers on in your mind long after its poignant climax.
Boy Meets Girl comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The source of this transfer is from a brand new 2k restoration. Black levels look very good, contrast levels are stable throughout and details look crisp. There are no issues with DNR or compression and grain structure looks natural.
This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in French and also included with this release are removable English subtitles. There are no issues with background noise or distortion. Dialog comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced. Range wise things sound very good, especially the film’s score and the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack are well represented.
Extras for this release include a slip cover, a 2014 re-issue trailer for the film (1 minute 59 seconds – 1080 Progressive Widescreen, in French with English subtitles), Denis Lavant’s Screen Test (8 minutes 8 seconds – 1.33:1 aspect ratio 1080 Progressive, in French with English subtitles) and a collection of raw footage from the kitchen sequences titled ‘On Set: In the Kitchen’ (17 minutes 31 seconds – 1080 Progressive, in French with English subtitles). Overall Boy Meets Girl gets an solid release from Carlotta Films U.S., highly recommended.