In "French Exit," "My plan was to die before the money ran out," says 60-year-old penniless Manhattan socialite Frances Price (Pfeiffer), but things didn't go as planned. Her husband, Franklin, has been dead for 12 years. With his vast inheritance gone, she cashes in the last of her possessions and resolves to live out her twilight days anonymously in a borrowed apartment in Paris, accompanied by her directionless son, Malcolm (Hedges), and a cat named Small Frank—who may or may not embody the spirit of Frances' dead husband. (Gary Reber)
Special features include four deleted and extended scenes (HD 06:49), the theatrical trailer and upfront previews.
The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally using the Arri Alexa Mini camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The color palette exhibits very warm and rich hues with a nuanced color gamut. Michelle Pfeiffer's red hair is beautifully shaded. Fleshtones are accurately hued. Lighting design within interiors is appealingly attractive. Contrast is excellent with a wide dynamic range. Black levels are nicely balanced throughout. Bright highlights are naturally presented. Resolution is excellent with finely nuanced detail such as in clothing and object textures. Facial features are finely resolved in lines, hair and beards. This is an appealing picture set in New York City and Paris, which provides beautiful settings. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is nuanced with realistic atmospherics and sound effects, which at times are bold, such as a thunderstorm in Paris. At times the atmospherics extend to the surrounds with directional effects. The music is primarily a solo piano. Dialogue is intelligible with generally good spatial integration. Foley sound effects are excellent. While the soundtrack is frontal focused, the overall presence is enveloping with an effective surround presence. This is a slow-paced soundtrack that works well with the story. (Gary Reber)