Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 12th, 2016
Theatrical Release Date: France, 2014
Director: Raphaël Neal
Writers: Raphaël Neal, Alice Zeniter
Cast: Martin Loizillon, Pierre Moure, Julie-Marie Parmentier, Philippe Laudenbach, Pascal Cervo, Françoise Lebrun, Marie Bunel
DVD Release Date: May 24th, 2016
Approximate running times: 81 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 French, Dolby Digital Stereo French
Subtitles: English, English SDH
DVD Release: Artsploitation Films
Region Encoding: Region Free NTSC
Retail Price: $19.99
Synopsis: Two young men from upper class upbringings try to return the life they once lived before they inadvertently kill a woman.
Not so much a murder mystery since the murder opens the film. This is more of psychological thriller that is rooted in its characters’ emotions and more specifically the two characters who committed the murder and how it transforms them.
From a production stand point there is not a single area that is lacking and the visuals do a superb job reinforcing the mood of the film. The film’s meticulously constructed narrative is filled with enough twists and turns that there is never a dull moment. And though this film’s key moment is rooted in the darker side of humanity. The overall tone of the film is actually diverse as there is a good balance between melodrama and humor.
Performance wise, the entire cast are very good in their respective roles. With this film’s standout performance coming from Julie-Marie Parmentier in the role of Zoe, the young woman who discovers the identities of the two boys who murder the woman at the beginning of the film. Other performances of note include, Martin Loizillon and Pierre Moure, in the roles of two young men who inadvertently kill a woman. Their characters exhibit a wide range of emotions and the scenes that they share are the ones that resonate the most. Overall Fever is an extraordinary film that takes familiar themes and turns them on their head.
Artsploitation Films presents Fever in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films ‘scope’ aspect ratio. The image looks crisp, colors and flesh tones look accurate and black levels fare well. Also there are no issues with edge enhancement or compression.
This release comes with two audio options, a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in French and a Dolby Digital stereo mix in French. The audio sounds, clean, clear and balanced. Also included with this release are two subtitle options, English and English SDH.
Extras for this release are limited to a trailer for film and trailers for other titles also available from Artsploitation Films.
Overall Fever gets a solid audio / video presentation from Artsploitation Films.