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Ismael's Ghosts (Les fantômes d'Ismaël) (2018)


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Ismaël Vuillard makes films. He is in the middle of one about Ivan, an atypical diplomat inspired by his brother. Along with Bloom, his master and father-in-law, Ismaël still mourns the death of Carlotta, twenty years earlier. Yet he has started his life over again with Sylvia. Sylvia is his light. Then Carlotta returns from the dead. Sylvia runs away. Ismaël rejects Carlotta. Driven mad by these ordeals, he abandons the shoot for his family home in Roubaix. There, he lives as a recluse, besieged by his ghosts.


Critic Reviews for Ismael's Ghosts (Les fantômes d'Ismaël)

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Flush with stylistic elegance and brio.

October 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Mixing story elements from other touchstone films and funneling them through his unique style, Desplechin has delivered a familiar if agreeable valentine to the medium itself.

May 26, 2017 | Full Review…
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A freewheeling gambit, hurtling in multiple directions at once, and it's thrilling to watch Desplechin try juggle them all.

May 18, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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To say that Desplechin loses the thread would only be partially accurate. It's more like he lights the thread on fire like a fuse.

May 18, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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A narrative that is not necessarily fully comprehensible as a stand-alone item but which takes great pleasure in playing with all of the writer-director's obsessions, themes and styles.

May 17, 2017 | Full Review…

If "Ismael's Ghosts" were a meal, it would be a massive slab of off-tasting meat alternative, wrapped in fake bacon, cooked in margarine, then covered in dairy-free imitation cheese.

May 17, 2017 | Full Review…

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