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Camille (DVD Review)

9 Sep, 2009 By: Erik Gruenwedel


Street 9/15/09
$24.98 DVD or Blu-ray
Rated ‘PG-13’ for some violence and brief partial nudity.
Stars James Franco, Sienna Miller, David Carradine, Ed Lauter, Scott Glenn.

Sometimes when confronted by death, feelings from the living become crystal clear.

Not long into this twisted romance, quirky newlywed Camille (Sienna Miller) is killed when the motorcycle she is riding with taciturn groom (and petty thief) Silias (James Franco) is accidentally hit by a truck on their honeymoon to Niagara Falls. 

Camille, however, keeps living (and decaying) unbeknownst to her and everyone else, except Silias, whose consciousness and heart begin to distance his troubled past, which now includes the charge of murdering his wife.

Soon, Silias is doing everything he can to keep Camille’s spirits up (after telling her what happened), including giving her a formaldehyde sponge bath, buying a red wig to cover her falling blond locks and dancing with her for the first time.

Among a stellar cast that includes Scott Glenn and Ed Lauter as dueling sheriffs out to protect and capture Silias, respectively, the late David Carradine stands out portraying a simple yet thought-provoking character (Cowboy Bob and his traveling horse show) reminiscent of similar turns in the popular “Kung Fu” TV series and Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill

Camille even proves that death can have practical advantages, especially when shot by pursuing authorities: No blood, just a few pesky holes in clothes and shoulder.

“You two sure are an unusual couple,” Bob tells Silias — an appropriate assessment of this unconventional, yet thoroughly entertaining chick flick.

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