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Camille - black comedy DVD / romantic comedy DVD / action adventure DVD review
CAMILLE Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 3 stars
Actors: Sienna Miller, James Franco, David Carradine, Scott Glenn, Ed Lauter, Mark Wilson
Director: Gregory Mackenzie   Distributor: National Entertainment Media
DVD release: 15 September 2009   Runtime: 94 minutes
(1 disc)
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC

DVD features: Aspect ratio 1.78:1, Audio (English - Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Subtitles (English SDH, Spanish), Trailer

James Franco is Silias, an ex-con out on parole who is cajoled into marrying Camille (Sienna Miller). It's a really low-budget shotgun wedding, with Camille's uncle (and Silias's parole officer) Sheriff Foster (Scott Glenn) holding the shotgun. Silias doesn't seem to be quite as into Camille as she is into him, although she's got enough enthusiasm and indomitable spirit for both of them. Their marriage is off to a rocky start.

Camille's vision for a perfect honeymoon is a trip to Niagara Falls. The problem is, the terms of Silias's parole dictate that he can't leave the state. Sheriff Foster, however, is willing to look the other way for the sake of his niece. On the way to the Falls, Silias and Camille are involved in an accident. Camille doesn't survive - but she's so determined to go on her perfect honeymoon that she doesn't die. They continue on their way, but it becomes more and more evident that Camille is deceased and will eventually decompose. A troubled Silias doesn't really want to tell her, but she's bound to find out.

When Silias heads to the bar to mull it over, he meets Cowboy Bob (David Carradine), who takes Silias' predicament in stride and suggests the Trigger treatment (Roy Rogers had his favorite horse preserved after death). Cowboy Bob helps Silias jack a goodly amount of formaldehyde, and Silias makes up his mind to honor Camille's wish for the perfect honeymoon. After all, Niagara Falls is where people go when they're in love.

A dark, offbeat comedy which may appeal to your morbid side (if you've got one), Camille marries the road-trip adventure to consorting with the undead. Originally released two years ago, for some reason Camille never enjoyed wide release... or even much of a narrow release. It's a good little film that doesn't try to reach too far or achieve too much, a story about love and death that's worth taking a look at.
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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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