Mademoiselle Chambon Reviews

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Laura Kern
Film Comment Magazine
November 13, 2013
Mademoiselle Chambon may be a small film about inconsequential people, but the situations and emotions it stirs up are universally profound
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
October 26, 2011
By paring everything right down, director Stéphane Brizé elegantly proves that less really is more.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
September 25, 2011
It's a touching, measured, well-observed film that uses music (the teacher is a trained violinist) skilfully.
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
September 24, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
September 23, 2011
An impossible romance that is expressed delicately and without recourse to more than mild erotica.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Xan Brooks
Guardian
September 22, 2011
Slow your pace and pause for breath and there's a world of pleasure to be had from this unhurried small-town tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
September 22, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
September 22, 2011
It hauls its bucket up slowly. We're not sure till the end, or even then, if there is much water in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
September 21, 2011
A heartbreaking, ambiguous twist on 'Brief Encounter', railway station finale and all. Take hankies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
September 19, 2011
A subtle and sensual character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Harley
Total Film
September 13, 2011
A familiar tale lent richness by note-perfect turns and stealthy storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
November 19, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 29, 2010
A charmingly direct film of simple contrasts about the difficulty of change.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
October 29, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
October 22, 2010
Stephane Brizi's "Mademoiselle Chambon" is a remarkably moving effort, thanks to two superbly down-to-earth performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
October 8, 2010
The most powerful of emotions are indicated not by dialogue, but with the smallest of gestures and changes in expression.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
September 20, 2010
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.
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
September 18, 2010
The lovers' waltz is quietly heartbreaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
September 16, 2010
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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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
September 16, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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