Mademoiselle Chambon (2009)
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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
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A heartbreaking, ambiguous twist on 'Brief Encounter', railway station finale and all. Take hankies.
A charmingly direct film of simple contrasts about the difficulty of change.
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.
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.
Brizé does score a nifty variation on the clichéd rushing-to-meet-destiny climax. But this encounter, brief indeed at a mere 90 minutes, doesn't fully convince.
By paring everything right down, director Stéphane Brizé elegantly proves that less really is more.
It's a touching, measured, well-observed film that uses music (the teacher is a trained violinist) skilfully.
Understated, powerfully emotional drama that plays like an updated French version of Brief Encounter, thanks to a superb script and terrific performances from Vincent Lindon and Sandrine Kilberlain.
An impossible romance that is expressed delicately and without recourse to more than mild erotica.
Slow your pace and pause for breath and there's a world of pleasure to be had from this unhurried small-town tragedy.
Too much of Stéphane Brizé's film is elegant water-treading, but there are candid little scenes, and one of those will-they-won't-they, Brief Encounter denouements that never go out of fashion.
It hauls its bucket up slowly. We're not sure till the end, or even then, if there is much water in it.
A familiar tale lent richness by note-perfect turns and stealthy storytelling.
The main characters' desires are so deeply submerged, hidden not only from each other than from themselves, that it's a shock when even the tiniest, most tentative endearment is expressed.
Much of the time the audience is left staring as intently as the characters, trying to figure out what these people are thinking, and why we should care.
Stephane Brizi's "Mademoiselle Chambon" is a remarkably moving effort, thanks to two superbly down-to-earth performances.
The most powerful of emotions are indicated not by dialogue, but with the smallest of gestures and changes in expression.
Director Stéphane Brizé fills the drama with pregnant silences and the two actors make the most of them. But it may not be for everyone.
Directed by Cesar award-winning Stephane Brize and based on a 2001 novel by French writer Eric Holder, "Mademoiselle Chambon" unfolds in a series of quiet, middle-distance shots.
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