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La Moustache (2005)



Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 6

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.


Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 2

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

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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.

November 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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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.'

November 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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A shuddery, enigmatic study in psychological suspense.

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

September 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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I found it mesmerizing from beginning to end.

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

September 1, 2006
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Those looking for a good thriller should be pleased enough and those seeking a serious art film will get plenty of philosophy with their pretty pictures.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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Bristling with existential doubt and ennui . . . Carrère's half-nightmare, half-dream vision of one man's imprisonment in his own life remains satisfyingly unresolved and stubbornly unique.

February 11, 2007
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Kafkaesque story of man who shaves trademark moustache. Afterwards everybody--wife included--insists that he has never had one!

February 1, 2007 Full Review Source:

A dizzying experiment, evocative and frustrating at the same time.

January 17, 2007 Full Review Source:

As with the recent French films Lemming and The Bridesmaid, La Moustache generates a high level of tension with the most mundane things.

November 17, 2006

A mind-bending treat adapted by director Emmanuel Carrère from his novel.

November 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

It's a brief, simple film that never overreaches but, if you're into it, it raises fascinating questions about identity.

September 28, 2006 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

As intelligently as Carrère handles this material, giving it just the right hint of distance and ambiguity, La Moustache tends to drift toward the mechanisms of the thriller.

September 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The Hitchcock-style intriguing from start to finish, despite the lack of answers to the many questions it raises. And, that ain't shabby.

September 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

...a movie about identity and marriage that raises many questions and supplies many answers without actually giving any.

August 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

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.
December 28, 2010
Mark Abell

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[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]
May 29, 2006
Walter M.

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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."
August 15, 2011
Doesn't have to make sense to be absurdly French.
August 15, 2008

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