Still Life

Still Life

A Three Pines Mystery

Downloadable Video - 2014
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When a beloved schoolteacher is found dead, the possibility of murder leaves the quaint town of Three Pines aghast in this crime drama based on the award-winning novel by Louise Penny.
Publisher: [United States] : PDM Entertainment/Attraction Images Production : Made available through hoopla, 2014
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 89 min.)) : sd., col
Credits: Directed by Peter Moss.
Performers: Nathaniel Parker, Anthony Lemke, Kate Hewlett.
Audience: Not rated
Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Alternative Title: Three Pines mystery

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SandraLH
Dec 05, 2018

Knew nothing of this film, but spotted the DVD on the shelf with Nathanial Parker on the cover, so thought it would be interesting. Let’s say: fair to midland. I already barely remember the plot. I am also a bit bothered when a British actor is cast as a French Canadian detective; similar to the British production with Kenneth Branaugh as the Swedish dectective Wallander.

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KatherineHere
Oct 05, 2018

Acting terrible, scenery lovely.

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Fionaenzo
Oct 21, 2017

Acting and casting so disappointing. Wanted it to be good. Love her books. Audio books by Ralph Cosham much better than film. He made characters come alive in their quirkiness.

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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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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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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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