Mademoiselle Chambon

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Two adults struggle to avoid letting their erotic passion for one another guide them into infidelity in this subtly erotic, understated chamber drama from France. Vincent Lindon stars as Jean, a burly blue-collar mason who lives semi-contentedly with his wife, Anne-Marie (Aure Atika), and son, Jérémy (Arthur Le Houérou), in some unspecified provincial French town. Little passion exists in Jean's life -- until his path crisscrosses with that of Véronique Chambon (Sandrine Kiberlain), his son's violin teacher. Completely taken with the woman's cultural sophistication (manifested through her love of classical music) and intellectualism, Jean begins contemplating an affair with this virtual stranger, and offers to repair one of her windows as an excuse to be more proximate to her. Ultimately, suspense begins to build as the question lingers of whether the two will give in to their desires. Stéphane Brizé directed and authored the script, an adaptation of Eric Holder's novel. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

Cast

Sandrine Kiberlain
as Véronique Chambon
Aure Atika
as Anne Marie
Bruno Lochet
as Workmate Jean 1
Abdallah Moundy
as Workmate Jean 2
Michèle Goddet
as School Principal
Anne Houdy
as Funeral Director
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Critic Reviews for Mademoiselle Chambon

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (9)

  • An impossible romance that is expressed delicately and without recourse to more than mild erotica.

    Sep 23, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
  • Slow your pace and pause for breath and there's a world of pleasure to be had from this unhurried small-town tragedy.

    Sep 22, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Xan Brooks

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • A heartbreaking, ambiguous twist on 'Brief Encounter', railway station finale and all. Take hankies.

    Sep 21, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
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  • A charmingly direct film of simple contrasts about the difficulty of change.

    Oct 29, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • One way to think of Mademoiselle Chambon (a chambon is a piece of a horse's halter) is as Brief Encounter as reimagined by Eric Rohmer.

    Sep 16, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Mademoiselle Chambon is moving in spots, but it doesn't stir you the way the best films about heartache do. You feel for these two star-crossed lovers, then forget about them the moment the movie is over.

    Sep 10, 2010 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for Mademoiselle Chambon

  • Jun 05, 2012
    A carpenter resists having an affair with his son's schoolteacher. Mademoiselle Chambon features strong performances by Sandrine Kiberlain and Vincent Lindon as the two lead characters. Their characters are built on silence and subtle looks that make them fun to watch. The film's plot is meandering, taking far too long to get from point A to point B with few complications in between. It's slow, but it's slow in a way that I've grown accustomed to in modern French cinema. What is more, I'm not sure what the film is saying. Is it merely privileging a content marriage with a passionate affair? If so, such an aphorism has been said often and with greater effect. Overall, Mademoiselle Chambon has strong performances, but the story is lacking in clarity and dimension.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Jan 25, 2012
    A thoughtful drama concerning a married man, falling for his sons teacher, and her returning the feelings, a slow burning drama showing what comes before the actions, and their encounters that bring them closer, its all handled well and performances all bringing weight.
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Jan 18, 2011
    This was a lovely film that dealt with choices and how sometimes the very act of choosing causes pain no matter which choice one makes. The two lead actors, Vincent Lindon (Jean) and Sandrine Kiberlain (Veronique) gave us characters who conveyed their feelings with few words. There were silences that in another context might have been uncomfortable, but here felt completely natural because of the emotional presence of these two fine actors. The pace is slow, and does seem to drag at times, but the lovely scenery and the moral dilemma faced by these star-crossed lovers helps to assuage the languor one feels at times. Aure Atika plays Jean's wife (Anne-Marie), and her eyes tell us that she knows something is not quite right, but in true European fashion, rather than confront, she waits patiently for Jean to sort out his feelings. This is not a simple story. This seems like real people dealing with real moral choices and one feels that strong bonds are being tested. Those bonds that survive may thereby be stronger for the testing.
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Dec 09, 2010
    A lovely and exquisite tale of unspoken romance communicated through a mutual love for music. Furtive glances and shared passions speak more than its shy, inarticulate characters can say. Aching use of music to tell its story, and say what its characters cannot. Brize's narrative is elegant and heartfelt.
    Matthew L Super Reviewer

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