French cinema seems to be highly associated with independent cinema and foreign films, at least in the minds of most American citizens.  Some of it certainly comes from a place of Francophobia, but much of it is because a lot of French filmmakers have been before their time and they tell stories of such light and beauty that watching them, even many years after they were first made, transports us.  I have not seen very many French films, although I make it a point to watch a lot of foreign films.  But now a new (to America) film from one of the best French filmmakers of all time is ready for you to bring home on DVD today!

Starting this September 22nd, now available on DVD from Cinema Libre Studios comes a film from one of the greatest French directors of all time and it’s being released in the US for the first time ever, 17 years after it was first released.  IP5 – The Island Of Pachyderms is ready to come sweeping out of your television screen and fill your living room with an enchanting and ultimately moving story about life and identity and what exactly we are all here for.  Bring home this delightful and truly meaningful film today!

Two Parisian street kids set out on the adventure of their lives – one is a Spanish graffiti artist whose art borders on genius and the other is an 11 year old black rapper whose father has just recently died.  They steal a car and set off for Grenoble, because neither one has ever seen snow before and the rapper is especially excited to see it.  But the artist fell in love with a nurse who has since moved away and he plans to ditch the rapper and meet the nurse as quickly as he can.  Then one of the cars they boost has an old, homeless man sleeping in the back of it.  But he claims to be a forest spirit and, whether that ends up to be true or not, he takes the two on a journey towards self-discovery and learning about the purpose behind life.  This movie stars Yves Montand, Oliver Martinez, Sekkou Sall, Geraldine Pailhas and Colette Renard and was written and directed by French great Jean-Jacques Beineix.

For special features, this DVD includes a photo gallery of stills from the movie and the production of the film and an interview of Jean-Jacques Beineix by Tim Rhys, best known as the publisher of MovieMaker Magazine.

Yves Montand died just two days after he finished his scenes in this film.  He was a fantastic actor and did some of his best work in this very movie.  I cannot express to you just how beautiful a work of cinema this film is.  It starts small and just keeps building.  Some pivotal questions are left unanswered, such as what exactly the old man is, because that’s not the point of the movie.  The point is that life is beautiful and that we need to have beautiful souls.  There is a wonderful connection between insanity and purity of spirit, as though we have corrupted ourselves simply by buying into the way life is.  I cried several times and was completely transported by this film miracle.  Bring it home today and fall in love with the ideal of what movies can be.

IP5 is a movie that you do not want to miss, no matter what.

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Nathaniel Jonet
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