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Mademoiselle Chambon (2010)



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Two adults struggle to avoid letting their erotic passion for one another guide them into infidelity in this subtly erotic, understated chamber drama from France. Vincent Lindon stars as Jean, a burly blue-collar mason who lives semi-contentedly with his wife, Anne-Marie (Aure Atika), and son, Jérémy (Arthur Le Houérou), in some unspecified provincial French town. Little passion exists in Jean's life -- until his path crisscrosses with that of Véronique Chambon (Sandrine Kiberlain), his son's violin teacher. Completely taken with the woman's cultural sophistication (manifested through her love of classical music) and intellectualism, Jean begins contemplating an affair with this virtual stranger, and offers to repair one of her windows as an excuse to be more proximate to her. Ultimately, suspense begins to build as the question lingers of whether the two will give in to their desires. Stéphane Brizé directed and authored the script, an adaptation of Eric Holder's novel. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
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Written By: Stéphane Brizé, Florence Vignon, Eric Holder
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 7, 2010
Box Office: $0.5M
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Sandrine Kiberlain
as Véronique Chambon
Aure Atika
as Anne Marie
Bruno Lochet
as Workmate Jean 1
Abdallah Moundy
as Workmate Jean 2
Michèle Goddet
as School Principal
Anne Houdy
as Funeral Director
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Critic Reviews for Mademoiselle Chambon

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (13)

A heartbreaking, ambiguous twist on 'Brief Encounter', railway station finale and all. Take hankies.

Full Review… | September 21, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

A charmingly direct film of simple contrasts about the difficulty of change.

Full Review… | October 29, 2010
Detroit News
Top Critic

One way to think of Mademoiselle Chambon (a chambon is a piece of a horse's halter) is as Brief Encounter as reimagined by Eric Rohmer.

Full Review… | September 16, 2010
Boston Globe
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Mademoiselle Chambon is moving in spots, but it doesn't stir you the way the best films about heartache do. You feel for these two star-crossed lovers, then forget about them the moment the movie is over.

Full Review… | September 10, 2010
Miami Herald
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Mademoiselle Chambon is about love in midlife, about two souls meeting, and how that can be the most beautiful thing in the world but also the most inconvenient.

Full Review… | September 10, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle
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Mademoiselle Chambon may be a small film about inconsequential people, but the situations and emotions it stirs up are universally profound

Full Review… | November 13, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

Audience Reviews for Mademoiselle Chambon


A carpenter resists having an affair with his son's schoolteacher.
Mademoiselle Chambon features strong performances by Sandrine Kiberlain and Vincent Lindon as the two lead characters. Their characters are built on silence and subtle looks that make them fun to watch.
The film's plot is meandering, taking far too long to get from point A to point B with few complications in between. It's slow, but it's slow in a way that I've grown accustomed to in modern French cinema.
What is more, I'm not sure what the film is saying. Is it merely privileging a content marriage with a passionate affair? If so, such an aphorism has been said often and with greater effect.
Overall, Mademoiselle Chambon has strong performances, but the story is lacking in clarity and dimension.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


"Mademoiselle Chambon," from writer/director Stephane Brize, is exquisitely directed and acted, but the story is so simple that it isn't very fulfilling.

Vincent Lindon plays a middle-aged man in a content but uninteresting marriage. He becomes friendly with his son's schoolteacher, and before he knows what has hit him, he is parking his car outside her apartment to watch her come and go. He's no stalker; he's falling in love. She's feeling exactly the same way.

The depiction of ordinary people falling in love is incredibly beautiful, among the best I've ever seen. Brize chooses to under-write it. The characters are not very verbal. Their feelings come out more in their eyes and body language, and the way they stumble and feel awkward around each other. Awkward and happy and hopeful. It's just delightful to watch. Brize apparently had a remarkable rapport with the actors during the shoot. The three of them are so completely on the same page, and they deliver the emotions of these characters with such compassion and clarity.

After the joy of watching them become smitten with each other, it's agony to watch them feel the pain of realizing the intractability of their situation. He's married with one child in school and another one on the way. His marriage might not be great, but it's not bad. And he's got huge responsibilities to his children. What a dilemma.


Bill D 2007
William Dunmyer

Super Reviewer

This was a lovely film that dealt with choices and how sometimes the very act of choosing causes pain no matter which choice one makes. The two lead actors, Vincent Lindon (Jean) and Sandrine Kiberlain (Veronique) gave us characters who conveyed their feelings with few words. There were silences that in another context might have been uncomfortable, but here felt completely natural because of the emotional presence of these two fine actors. The pace is slow, and does seem to drag at times, but the lovely scenery and the moral dilemma faced by these star-crossed lovers helps to assuage the languor one feels at times. Aure Atika plays Jean's wife (Anne-Marie), and her eyes tell us that she knows something is not quite right, but in true European fashion, rather than confront, she waits patiently for Jean to sort out his feelings. This is not a simple story. This seems like real people dealing with real moral choices and one feels that strong bonds are being tested. Those bonds that survive may thereby be stronger for the testing.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

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