Rois et Reine (Kings and Queen) (2005)
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as Nora Cotterelle
as Ismaël Vuillard
as Mme. Vasset
as Louis Jenssens
as Abel Vuillard
as Chloe Jenssens
as Mr. Mamanne
as Dr. Devereux
as Dr. Devereux, the psychoanalyst
as Elias Cotterelle
as Mr. Mader
as Town Hall Employee
as Psychiatric Intern
as Mme. Seyvos
as Léopold Virag
as Forensic Doctor
as Norah's Friend
as Arielle, la "chinoise
Critic Reviews for Rois et Reine (Kings and Queen)
Desplechin's big, bold, iconoclastic feature Rois et Reine is a disconcerting film that can turn your head at the oddest moments.
Funny, absurd, often mocking itself and always quoting cultural history.
While these characters' lives are melodramatic, individual scenes burst with kinetic energy from fast editing and an script that deftly underscores the destructive nature of male-female relationships.
There's a looseness to the camera work and storytelling that's appealingly breezy: This film feels, for better or worse, like real life.
Kings and Queen, full of passion and humor, madness and grief, is close to a masterpiece.
Audience Reviews for Rois et Reine (Kings and Queen)
One of the many joys and sadnesses of this necessarily long film are the way in which characters motivations and true feelings are gradually revealed as the film progresses, so that what starts out as a relatively straightforward drama becomes more complex, emotive and absorbing. Two skilled lead performances and two very different, flawed characters (but who basically both want escape) are at the centre of this compelling, funny, moving and truthful piece of cinema.
Pretty interesting return to the screen for Catherine Deneuve in an ensemble piece directed by Arnaud Desplechin. Not familiar with Desplechin's work in the past but this is a good introduction.
An interesting film to be sure, and definitely worth a watch. Mathieu Amalric delivers a winning performance that shines above all else. This french melodrama again shines the dark and hidden side of a slice of life; what appears normal isnt and what appears happy and full may be in fact empty and sad. No real winners or losers at film's end except the viewer who will appreciate this rather rich story that has alot of depth and truth.
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