Ismael's Ghosts

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Ismael's Ghosts unites an excellent cast -- and their valiant efforts are often enough to counter its somewhat confused and disjointed story.

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Twenty-one years ago, she ran away -- and 21 years later, Carlotta is back from the void. But Ismael has been busy rebuilding a life for himself with Sylvia and working on his next movie. As Ismael's trials and tribulations unfurl, so too do those of his film's protagonist -- the idle, funny and reckless diplomat Ivan Dédalus.

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  • Unfortunately all the metafictional layering only highlights the lack of engagement at the center of the story, the three stars acting up a storm but barely acknowledging each other.

    April 17, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Marion Cotillard and Charlotte Gainsbourg momentarily bring verve to proceedings.

    June 9, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It's rarely boring, but golly it's indulgent.

    June 1, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
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  • To nobody's surprise, Desplechin keeps a lot of plates spinning effortlessly.

    June 1, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A multi-character mess...

    May 30, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • It's all very artfully done, with plenty of inventive camera work by Irina Lubtchansky. But I found it unsatisfying, even as a slice of life; it seemed more of a julienne.

    April 20, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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