From the Land of the Moon (Mal de pierres) (2017) - Rotten Tomatoes

From the Land of the Moon (Mal de pierres) (2017)


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Critic Consensus: From the Land of the Moon benefits from striking visuals and strong work from Marion Cotillard, but they're both ultimately overcome by a story that drifts into wan melodrama.

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Marion Cotillard stars as Gabrielle in this melodrama about an idealistic woman trapped in a marriage of convenience in post-World War II France. When Gabrielle's husband, a Spanish farmer named Jose (Alex Brendemühl), sends her to the Alps to find a cure for her kidney stones, Gabrielle falls madly in love with an injured veteran (Louis Garrel) of France's Indochinese War. Directed by Nicole Garcia, this period drama is based on a novella by Italian author Milena Agus.


Louis Garrel
as André Sauvage
Victor Quilichini
as Marc - 14 years old
Jihwan Kim
as Blaise
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Critic Reviews for From the Land of the Moon (Mal de pierres)

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (6)

Garcia has a stylish eye for detail, but I haven't experienced French melodrama this rich since I spilled Bordeaux on my dying Parisian mistress's wedding gown.

July 7, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Expect the unexpected in this satisfyingly unorthodox love triangle.

July 6, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A surprisingly intriguing and affecting movie.

June 5, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Cotillard tries hard to fashion a credible human being from this collection of shallow adolescent impulses, but the movie infantilizes Gabrielle at every turn.

May 20, 2016 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

This smoothly told tale is more of a character study than a romance, yet should still draw fans of romance fiction who will particularly appreciate Louis Garrel in the role of the dashing lieutenant Andre Sauvage.

May 15, 2016 | Full Review…

Garcia's few edgy, explorative instincts soon give way to a far more decorous and far less interesting evocation of "exquisite" emotional suffering.

May 15, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for From the Land of the Moon (Mal de pierres)


Marion Cotillard composes her character with enough sensitivity to prevent her from becoming insufferable in her selfishness, managing to make us feel sympathy for a pitiful woman who is in desperate need to surrender to her sexual urges and a love that will consume her.

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