Still Life

Still Life

A Three Pines Mystery

DVD - 2014
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The village of Three Pines, a refuge from the modern world in the beautiful Eastern Townships, basks in the tranquil glory of its autumn colours. But the blazing woods conceal the body of a much-loved teacher - shot through the heart with an arrow. A tragic hunting accident or murder? Charismatic Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of officers probe to discover deep layers of deceit, resentment, and murderous rage in the pretty village.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781621722939
1621722937
Branch Call Number: DVD STILL L
Characteristics: video file,DVD video
digital,optical,stereo,dolby digital
1 videodisc (88 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Three Pines mystery

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MomofMac
May 13, 2017

Think of this as an independent film, NOT an adaptation of a book, and it's okay. pretty scenery, some funny moments, a who'd-a-thunk-it murderer (which would have surprised us more if we'd been able to really meet him before all was revealed...).
Think of it as a movie based on Louise Penny's book, and it's a disaster. Are there no handsome debonair French Canadian actors? Yup, there are. See 'Google Images'. (Good thing the series will never make it to the book in which the Scottish police officer has such trouble understanding the Inspector because of his French Canadian accent). Are there no actors in their 50s? Like Clara and Peter in the book? Why (in the painting) were Ruth and Jane the same age in elementary school and so many years apart when they got older? What's up with Jean-Guy? See Google Images, above.
If this had been released as 'Murder In A Small Town with Artists' it might have been all right. To attach it to the coattails of the book by Louise Penny will scare away both viewers and readers.

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zainchristopher
Dec 14, 2016

Although an admirer of British and Canadian film, I was not impressed with this production. While Nathan Parker's role is decent, much of the acting is second rate and the plot could have easily been further developed. Much like American theatre, it was very predictable- so much so there are scenes when you know the lines before they are pronounced. Your time can be better spent for purposes beyond than watching this film.

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LorettaHouben
Sep 19, 2016

I've been watching The Inspector Lynley" mystery series with Nathaniel Parker. So I picked this DVD off the library shelf expecting the same brilliant acting. Alas. His acting was good, but I've never seen such a poor, pathetic mystery story as what I just watched. I was extremely disappointed. The actors all seemed like puppets, except for Nathaniel who simply didn't belong at all. I fast forwarded through the whole basement scene at the end. One of the very worst films I've ever seen.

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Monolith
Jul 30, 2016

Ok, let's get this off the table:
I am not a Canadian, AND I haven't read the book(s), so my panties will not be in a bunch over the "butchered" book to film comparisons for this murder mystery, or the abhorrent lack of Frenchy-ness. I enjoyed it. Very scenic, very quaint. And apparently, the author Louise Penny who was dead-set against releasing the film rights for years, only finally succumbing here, oversaw the entire creative process, so I can't see how things could go that far astray from her vision if she was on board...

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66healey
Jun 29, 2016

Uh, no. Just no. Watch only on thanksgiving because this one is a turkey - poor screenwriting, hammy actors. The original author must have cringed, or was out of town for the screening. All the anglophone "actors" play francophone characters, and are just not credible. Action takes place presumably somewhere outside of Montreal so the Laurentians scenery is the worth noting. I agree with those reviewers who gave this DVD a low score, for the same reasons they identified.

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Onewhoissaved
Oct 27, 2015

"Still Life" a three pies mystery does nothing to satisfy me. The only recognizable star is Nathaniel Parker but frankly anyone else could have done an equally good job considering the story. There may be sequels that improve my interest but frankly my dear, I don't give a damn.

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tedperry
Sep 30, 2015

What is the Earl doing slumming it in Quebec? Sad sad sad, bad bad bad.

lotuslori_8 Sep 14, 2015

As a fan of Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Gamache series, I thought the DVD lacked the French Canadian charm of the characters and the village. It was a bit too Anglo for me.

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mariella99
Aug 22, 2015

As much as I love most of Louise Penny's books and I also like Nathaniel Parker, I loathed this tv adaptation. I remember waiting with such eager anticipation for this to be aired, only to be almost embarrassed by how badly it was done. Most of the casting was dreadful and the residents of Three Pines, who had a real presence in the book were reduced to minor players. Clara and Myrna were NOTHING at all like they're described in the books - they were "glammed up", I guess to make them more appealing to the general tv audience. But to those of us who have read all or most of the Three Pines novels, well, we KNOW these people and what they look like from Ms. Penny's ongoing descriptions of them.

xaipe Aug 09, 2015

Terrible script, terrible acting, terrible casting, completely underwhelming conclusion to the "mystery." Nathaniel Parker plays a Quebecois sleuth with no attempt at a French accent. I hope that he was well paid for this turkey because it will do his acting reputation no good.

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jimg2000
Feb 10, 2015

Poems from book:

You were a moth brushing against my cheek in the dark. I killed you, not knowing you were only a moth, with no sting.

‘Jenny kissed me when we met, jumping from the chair she sat in; time, you thief, who love to get sweets into your list, put that in: say I’m weary, say I’m sad, say that health and wealth have missed me; say I’m growing old, but add, Jenny kissed me.’

...from Auden’s tribute to Herman Melville: Evil is unspectacular and always human, and shares our bed and eats at our own table. Towards the end he sailed into an extraordinary mildness, and anchored in his home and reached his wife and rode within the harbour of her hand, and went across each morning to an office as though his occupation were another island. Goodness existed: that was the new knowledge. His terror had to blow itself quite out.’

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jimg2000
Feb 10, 2015

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'Who hurt you, once, so far beyond repair that you would greet each overture with curling lip?’

Ruth snorted. ‘You really think throwing my own poetry at me’s going to do it? What’d you do, stay up all night cramming like a student for this interview? Hoping to reduce me to tears in the face of my own pain? Crap.’

‘Actually, I know that whole poem by heart:

When were these seeds of anger sown, and on what ground that they should flourish so, watered by tears of rage, or grief?’

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