- Rated: Not Rated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 31 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 23, 2003
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Dual Side - Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Entertainment Weekly - 08/16/2002
"...It's refreshing to see a comedy that swings and jostles to the rhythms of life....A small scale satire that is shrewd, flaky, deadpan, and charming..."
Los Angeles Times - 08/23/2002
"...Peretz has a way with his cast and with dialogue and a plot that is alternately and sometimes simultaneously hilarious and painful....[THE CHATEAU] shows Rudd and Malco to good advantage and comes as a satisfying surprise..."
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 09/01/2002
"...Rudd's physical comedy routines are hilarious....He manages to be touching as well as ridiculous; he performs with Chaplinesque delicacy..."
Jesse Peretz follows up his subdued first feature, FIRST LOVE, LAST RITES, with this outrageous comedy, shot on digital video. The story follows brothers Graham (Paul Rudd) and Allen (Romany Malco) Granville as they make their way from America to small-town France. It appears that their mysterious great-uncle has died, bequeathing upon them an enormous chateau. Excited to sell the property and make a healthy profit, the brothers meet unexpected conflict when they arrive. The sullen employees of the chateau--including butler Jean (Didier Flamand) and servant Isabelle (Sylvie Testud)--are not too excited about the prospect of leaving their familiar environment. To make matters worse, they have a hard time comprehending how Graham and Allen could be brothers (an honest confusion, considering Graham is white and Allen is black). As Graham and Allen (who has begun to refer to himself as "Rex") wait impatiently for a buyer, they both try to win over Isabelle, with disastrous results. By the time someone does decide to put their money down, a revealed secret spoils the fun, testing the brothers' conscience once and for all. Working from a loose outline, and relying on the improvisational skills of Rudd and Malco, Peretz's film attains a level of freshness that scripted comedy could never match.
Family Interaction |
Love Story |
- Theatrical Release Date: August 9, 2002 (NY)
- This film screened in May 2001 as part of the Gen Art Film Festival in New York City.