Written by: Ken Potocki on June 8th, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: France, April 10th, 1991
Director: Alexandre Arcady
Writers: Alexandre Arcady, Antoine Lacomblez, Daniel Saint-Hamont, Cameron Watson
Cast: Sophie Marceau, Richard Berry, Fabien Orcier, Niels Dubost, Frederic Quiring
DVD released: August 16th, 2007
Approximate running time: 110 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo French
DVD Release: Fravidis
Region Coding: Region 2 PAL
Retail Price: EUR 38,99
They seek out, during the war, at Laura’s. We are introduced to several more characters. Everything seems to be going well for the five, until foreign forces start bombing & terrorizing the location. Sacha is soon drafted out to battle.
Sorry that synopsis was short compared to the reviews I usually write on this website, but the story is very simple, unlike the previous movies I’ve reviewed where the plot turns lots in the movie. But war movies like this, there are really no big storylines. Gettign back to Pour Sacha, it is by French director Alexandre Arcady. Arcady has directed some great French films such as: Le Grand Pardon 1 & 2, L’union Sacree, amongst others. Alexandre does a great job directing this war / romance story. The acting by leading actors Berry & Marceau is very believable, along with the 3 co-stars they are given with. Orcier, Dubost, & Quiring pretty much appear all the way through this whole film with very little screen breaks. There is a separate little personal problem between one of the three & Laura. We get some very sad, dramatic drama scenes between the three & Laura.
The movie does also have its dark side. The war scenes, you can tell the footage is from old stock footage, but it just crystallizes the film, and makes it more authentic & unique. The movie opens with some great shots of the Israel/Syrian border. Very pretty. Music / chanting songs I believe were done by Philippe Sarade with the London Symphony Orchestra. Also, I believe Ilan Zaoui did some choreography. The war scenes really stood out. The film has a very compelling ending. Another scene that really stood out and really came out out of the blue, was when one of our 3 supporting characters is riding a horse through a deserted area. He gets off the horse, the horse then steps on the mine and we see an explosion. But then, we get to see the horse again, there is a big, gaping hole in it where we see its leg bone popping and organs falling out with tons of blood. I found that horse death very graphic & disturbing and stands out in the film, mainly because it is the only thing you can compare to GRAPHIC in this film. Actually, that right there, the horse death, may even be gorier & more disturbing than any of the deaths in each of the Le Grand Pardon movies! So that scene with the horse stepping on the mine, seeing the big, gory hole in its body really stands out in the film & really can disturb you.
“Pour Sacha” was released on Region 1 NTSC VHS for limited production in French speaking portions of Canada. Although, the language remained in French, with no subtitles. (Unless you count the scenes where French is non spoken and they put the French subtitles on). France released a DVD of it which also came with the soundtrack. It would have been cool to see a dubbed version, though. (But I mastered French in high school so I could understand this perfectly).
The NTSC VHS has very poor picture, it was full screen, with the screen severely stretched to fit the screen, and also, very faded picture & grain. But the French DVD (which I own) has great picture. It is widescreen, picture is night & bright, color really stands out.
So In conclusion, “Pour Sacha” really is a great film. Arcady did a great job doing it. All the actors deliver great performances. They are all very believable. The war stock footage I personally thought fit in perfectly with the scenes, and the horse scene was very disturbing & effective. If you live in France, or speak French, I’d hunt POUR SACHA down. I am in no way French or of French ancestry, but I picked up French in high school and have learned to like these types of movies. “Pour Sacha" is a great drama / war story if your into that kind of stuff. The creepy thing is, I liked the film, and I’m not a fan of drama or romance films………