La Moustache Reviews

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 30, 2006
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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.'
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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
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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
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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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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 7, 2006
A deliciously unsettling, beautifully sustained enigma, a film of much beauty and flawless performances, especially from Vincent Lindon in one of his most demanding roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
July 6, 2006
Part absurdist comedy about the institution of marriage, part paranoid Kafkaesque fantasy, it's a minor-key reverie on the way our own lives can sometimes feel alien to us.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
May 31, 2006
...Recalls the "everyday suspense" films of Roman Polanski and the existential woe of Michelangelo Antonioni.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
May 31, 2006
What does it all mean? We are never quite sure. All we learn from this relentless saga of mental and physical solitude are the many varieties of suffering one can endure when one feels alone in the universe.
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
May 31, 2006
This narrative feature debut by Emmanuel Carrere, based on his own novel, is deliberately open-ended, but however one interprets the outcome, the film reminds us how fragile intimacy is.
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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
May 31, 2006
The Moustache provides a feast of sustained tension.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
May 26, 2006
La Moustache, the first feature by novelist Emmanuel Carrere, begins as a comedy, but grows darker and darker by the frame. It's like a Hitchcock thriller filtered through the mind of Austrian firebrand Michael Haneke, who gave us Cache.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 26, 2006
La Moustache dissolves into a meandering annoyance that takes us from Paris to Hong Kong and back again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 25, 2006
Emmanuel Carrere's psychological mystery is a surreal reflection on perception, reality and memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
May 24, 2006
A successful novelist and restrained actor's director, Carrére makes the transformation of a silly marital argument into a cosmic upheaval look easy, and profound as well.
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
September 26, 2005
At its most stimulating, Moustache is a keen glimpse into a marriage that appears perfect on the surface but when examined shows its deficiencies.