Pitre, of Cajun ancestry, seems dedicated to making movies about and for the one and a half million Cajuns who still live in his home state of Louisiana.
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Two of his short films are in the Cajun dialect, and this movie carefully and lovingly celebrates a proud ethnic identity that appears to be deeply felt. But the film is plagued by too many long, dead moments in which the story doesn't seem to be getting anywhere and attention wanders. It is partly a problem of timing - cutting a scene too early or too late - or allowing the camera to dwell too long on the scenery. Another problem is that, in Mr. Pitre's desire for authentic speech, he has allowed many members of his cast to speak in accents incomprehensible to anyone who grew up north of southern Louisiana.
Gail Youngs, who plays Alida, the Cajun woman whom Belizaire loves and who is living with one of the vigilantes, is a particular offender. What's more, her accent is unreliable - it is either too thick or practically nonexistent, and, to make matters worse, about a third of her lines are in French.
Perhaps because of this her performance is also uneven. It is unfortunate because it distracts from the grace and charm the actress shows. Armand Assante manages an accent - and a performance - that is both clear and consistent as Belizaire. When he bargains with a priest about how many rosaries he must say for a penance, or coaxes Alida to come to a Cajun dance, he does it with a light in his eye and a swagger to his walk that suggests both arrogance and sexuality.
The movie ends in good folk style, far-fetched but triumphant, and leaves some haunting memories -especially of the evocative sounds of the rhythmic and soulful Cajun music, and of the vigilantes' closing in on Belizaire's cousin, Hypolite Leger as the light falls on the swamp and his hunted face. It contains language that may not be suitable for young children. At New Carnegie, West 57th Street. Running time: 95 minutes.
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I kept it for two weeks and watched it 5 times. This is why I love renting DVDs online This movie is educational, inspirational, adventurous, suspenseful, and very romantic!! I learned about the trials and tribulations the Cajuns had to endure. I was inspired by the loyalty and integrity of the characters. I was excited by the action and intrigued by the mystery. By the end of the movie, I was in love It is about their lifestyle, culture, and even gives you a delicious taste of Cajun music.
I have a friend that is a Cajun from Houma, Louisiana and she says that it is very authentic and true to the Cajun's history. Last, but certainly not least, I must mention Belizaire himself.
For all you ladies out there He is handsome, gentle, romantic, passionate, humorous and plays one heck of an accordion!! I would allow him to be my "healer" anytime!! This is one that I will be adding to my collection though. It is not often that you come across a movie of this high quality. AND it is a movie the entire family can watch.
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