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Irma Vep [Essential Collection]

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Hong Kong diva Cheung stars as herself, having been cast on a director's whim as the slinky, cat-burgling heroine of a remake of the vintage French serial "Les Vampires." Once in Paris, Cheung encounters countless culture clashes, as well as set-related mishaps that echo Truffaut's charming "Day for Night."
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): Z1109

  • Credits
    Maggie Cheung, Maggie Cheung Man-Yuk, Jean-Pierre Laud, Nathalie Richard, Antoine Basler, Alex Descas
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Every breathtaking frame celebrates what movies can do....Rewind it immediately and watch it again..." -- Rating: A
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Richard's naturalness is a constant pleasure, and graceful beauty Cheung is compelling..."
    Variety

    "...A deliciously knowing comedy about the insanity of shooting a film....What keeps the satire fun is its furious pace..."
    Film Comment

    "...Mr. Laud is slyly good..."
    New York Times

    "...Assayas displays an intimate, informal style and a sharp sense of proportion that allows him to have some fun....IRMA VEP is as effortless as a shrug and boasts a film buff's dream cast..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...Spilling over with virtuosity, impetuous energy and post-pop cool..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    5 stars out of 5 -- "Assayas sets a brisk pace, but while it feels light-hearted, his movie about movies has a dark undertow."
    Uncut

    4 stars out of 5 -- "[The director] has fun with all the references and in-jokes..."
    Total Film

    "The matchless Maggie Cheung plays a version of herself -- a Hong Kong martial-arts star who speaks no French -- in Olivier Assayas's marvelous French-language film about the perils of filmmaking..."
    Wall Street Journal

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