a complex, character-driven film that never allows its themes - madness, love, coming of age - to become reducible to pat formulae, or over-sentimentalisation.
Its novelistic breadth, pitched intensity and on-the-fly shooting style pull the viewer smack-dab into the middle of these lives.
Desplechin's big, bold, iconoclastic feature Rois et Reine is a disconcerting film that can turn your head at the oddest moments.
| Original Score: 3/4
Funny, absurd, often mocking itself and always quoting cultural history.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
| Original Score: 4/5
[M]ixes with aplomb equal measures of intellectual screwball comedy and dark metaphysical tragedy, though part of the joke may be that one often can't tell which is which...
the film proves, at the very least, that Desplechin is a director that garners due attention
| Original Score: 4.5/5
This is a first-rate melo-dramedy under the influence of director Arnaud Desplechin.
| Original Score: 3/4
While these characters' lives are melodramatic, individual scenes burst with kinetic energy from fast editing and an script that deftly underscores the destructive nature of male-female relationships.
| Original Score: A
Great filmmaking and, as does not always follow, a great film.
It is well-acted and written with a rigorous effort to skirt cliche, and it has the savor of real life throughout.
| Original Score: B+
Heroic and absurdist...
| Original Score: '3.5/4'
There's a looseness to the camera work and storytelling that's appealingly breezy: This film feels, for better or worse, like real life.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
His scenes ripple with undercurrents of awkward emotions... creating a film both devastating and uplifting, but he passes no judgments.
Kings and Queen, full of passion and humor, madness and grief, is close to a masterpiece.
| Original Score: 4/4
Kings and Queen is at times compelling, at times devastating, and at times long-winded.
Both leisurely and breathtakingly immediate.
| Original Score: A-
It's a puzzle of a film, but not the kind that intimidates you with inscrutability so much as one that beckons you into its antic eccentricity.
[Desplechin] gives these characters the time to develop, to display their nuances, to establish their relationships with each other, to talk out their destinies.
The film is delectable and keeps you eager to see what's served next, but also is ridiculously rich, overly long and difficult to digest. Still, it's a feast you won't want to miss.