The Cement Garden 1993
1h 45min | Drama | February 1993 (Germany)
Four children try to hold things together and play a family in their isolated prefab house after the death of their parents. As they begin to deteriorate mentally, they hide their mom’s festering corpse in a makeshift concrete sarcophagus.
I have heard people writing comments about being shocked by the sexuality in this movie and about being shocked by who was involved in producing it (i.e. relatives). Consider this: the actress who plays Julie was not 14-15 years old when this was shot, she was 22! It’s called acting. And, her older “brother”, an actor who was no relation, was 19. So, get over it folks. It’s a movie, a slow moving but very well done movie.
Truth is, I’m sorry if this movie offends some people. But, for goodness sakes, it’s a story on a screen that is not even that racy. The movie is actually paced quite well to fit the somber mood and really, who can complain about the acting. I think some who have found any serious fault in the production are just trying to justify their uncomfortable feelings about the subject matter.
Anyway, read the other comments, choose for yourself whether or not you care to watch it. But, if you are not put off by the subject matter, you will find a beautiful and sad story.”
Director: Andrew Birkin
Writers: Andrew Birkin, Ian McEwan (novel)
Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Andrew Robertson, Alice Coulthard
Country: France | Germany | UK
Release Date: 11 February 1994 (USA)
Also Known As: The Cement Garden
Filming Locations: London, England, UK
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 2
File size : 1.14 GiB
Duration : 1h 41mn
Overall bit rate : 1 622 Kbps