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La Moustache (2005)



Critic Consensus: Though the premise may be modest on the surface, Carrere uses a man and his mustache that may or may not exist as a springboard into psychological suspense and unsettling questions.

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"What would you think if I shaved my moustache?" asks Marc (Vincent Lindon) of his wife, Agnès (Emmanuelle Devos), one fateful night as they prepare to visit friends for dinner. She's never seen him without it, but while she goes to do some last-minute shopping, he impulsively shaves the moustache off. Thus begins a tragic odyssey that leads Marc to question every relationship in his life, and even his own identity. Marc's journey into darkness begins when Agnès returns home. At first, he playfully tries to conceal what he's done. When he finally reveals his bare face to her, with a flourish, her reaction is...nonexistent. She baffles him by appearing not to notice the change. Confused, he says nothing, and they proceed with their plans for the evening. When the couple's friends Serge (Mathieu Amalric) and Nadia (Macha Polikarpova) also fail to make note of the change in Marc's appearance, he begins to get angry, believing that Agnès is playing an elaborate prank on him. In the car on the way home, he loses his temper, and it's her turn to be baffled. What moustache? How can she have noticed that he shaved his moustache when he's never had one? While Agnès begins to question her husband's sanity, Marc frantically searches for evidence of his former facial hair. Things only get worse for Marc, as no one at his job remembers him having a moustache either, and before long, he discovers that there are other details of his life that only he remembers. The Moustache marks the directorial debut of Emmanuel Carrère, who adapted his own novel with Jérôme Beaujour (She's One of Us). The film was shown as part of The Film Society of Lincoln Center's 2006 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Emmanuel Carrère, Jérôme Beaujour, Jerome Beajour
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On DVD: Jan 16, 2007
Cinema Guild - Official Site


Vincent Lindon
as Marc Thiriez
Fantine Camus
as Lara Schaeffer
Brigitte Bémol
as Policewoman
Franck Richard
as Taxi Driver
Elizabeth Marre
as Hostess at Charles D...
Teresa Lin
as Ferry Cashier
Hin Wai Hau
as Passport Control Off...
Chung Kwok Chan
as Airport Employee
Hung Siu
as Tai Chi Man
Yuen Hei Poon
as Hotel Receptionist
Helene Devynck
as Female Casino Friend
Jerome Bertin
as Male Casino Friend
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Critic Reviews for La Moustache

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (22)

What the movie lacks visually, it makes up for with the performances, especially by Lindon, who leads us on a journey we want to stick with even if we can't fully understand.

Full Review… | November 3, 2006
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

In one sense it's what might be called 'typically French,' an exquisitely observed fable of bourgeois life that is mordant, witty and yet low-key. In another sense, it's what might be called 'nuts.'

Full Review… | November 2, 2006
Washington Post
Top Critic

A shuddery, enigmatic study in psychological suspense.

Full Review… | September 28, 2006
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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An absorbing riddle posed in cool, matter-of-fact tones.

Full Review… | September 28, 2006
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

I found it mesmerizing from beginning to end.

Full Review… | September 22, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
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An intriguing study of identity, marriage and, perhaps, madness.

September 1, 2006
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for La Moustache

This proved to be a strange film that did not tip its hand for this viewer until the end. Marc (Vincent Lindon) shaves his mustache and sets off a sequence of events that leaves him, and this viewer, wondering whether he is going insane, the butt of an elaborate joke, or something more sinister. His wife, Agnes (Emmanuelle Devos), grows increasingly concerned, as it is her contention is that he has never had a mustache, while he believes that he has had it for ages. The back and forth dialog, and the increasing frustration that Marc experiences is what drives this film. It is dark comedy and French to the core. The two leads are excellent at portraying the conflicting emotions, and the supporting cast is strong. The scenery in and around Paris sets the mood and the director keeps a steady hand on the way the story is presented. Having had a mustache for many years only increased the pleasure that this film brought to this viewer as he could totally relate to the sense of bewilderment that Marc experienced.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer


[font=Century Gothic]In "La Moustache", Marc(Vincent Lindon) and Agnes(Emmanuelle Devos) are a successful couple living in Paris. One day Agnes comments that she would not recognize Marc without his mustache. On a whim, he does shave it off. Later, she does not notice anything has changed. In fact, when pressed for a response, she claims he never had a mustache. Nobody else can remember Marc having had one either...[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]"La Moustache" is an engrossing psychological drama with an unexpected resolution. The movie is anchored by a great performance from Vincent Lindon as someone who is wondering if he is losing his mind. [/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer


What a horrible thing to go through, I questioned if the character Marc was going through the beginning stages of alzheimer's disease because of his lack of memory that never synced up with his wife's. "You didn't even notice I shaved my moustache" "you have not had a moustache in the 15 years I have known you."

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