La Moustache Reviews

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
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.
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
February 11, 2007
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.
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
February 1, 2007
Kafkaesque story of man who shaves trademark moustache. Afterwards everybody--wife included--insists that he has never had one!
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
January 17, 2007
A dizzying experiment, evocative and frustrating at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
November 17, 2006
As with the recent French films Lemming and The Bridesmaid, La Moustache generates a high level of tension with the most mundane things.
Michele Kenner
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
November 10, 2006
A mind-bending treat adapted by director Emmanuel Carrère from his novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
November 3, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 2, 2006
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.'
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 28, 2006
It's a brief, simple film that never overreaches but, if you're into it, it raises fascinating questions about identity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 28, 2006
A shuddery, enigmatic study in psychological suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 28, 2006
An absorbing riddle posed in cool, matter-of-fact tones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
September 22, 2006
I found it mesmerizing from beginning to end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 22, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 3, 2006
The Hitchcock-style story...is intriguing from start to finish, despite the lack of answers to the many questions it raises. And, that ain't shabby.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 1, 2006
An intriguing study of identity, marriage and, perhaps, madness.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 25, 2006
Leaps from a gripping identity thriller into a strange yet equally involving adventure about the bounds of self-knowledge and the incredible liberty of disregarding them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 19, 2006
...a movie about identity and marriage that raises many questions and supplies many answers without actually giving any.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 13, 2006
An elegantly acted psychological puzzle, it's like watching a nervous breakdown from the inside out.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
August 4, 2006
A profound allegory about the tension between isolation and intimacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
August 4, 2006
Spins an agitated mystery well beyond its minimalist starting point, offering up giant questions about sanity and identity on its trip from the bathroom mirror.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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