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Mademoiselle Chambon Reviews

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March 12, 2016
It's basically Brief Encounter meets Un Coeur en Hiver, and the reason I learned French. A mesmerising star-crossed lovers story where everyone is grown up enough to do the right thing, however hard.
April 26, 2014
Realistic, minimalistic romance that is both subtle and multilayered at the same time...
½ August 26, 2012
Muy interesante historia sobre el amor y la pasión.
Super recomendable.
August 4, 2012
The marriage affair movie is usually too aggressive. This film actually builds the time slowly between the two, to make the romance seem more from the heart and less like a fool's pursuit. The stakes aren't any less low, and with that the story's handled exquisitely.
Super Reviewer
½ June 5, 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.
½ April 19, 2012
A simple story about love and life, which don't necessarily go very well together.Vincent Lindon is playing almost the same character in all his movies and he is playing it well. And who would not fall in love with Sandrine Kiberlain?
March 23, 2012
If you read the description of this movie - a man who falls for his child's school teacher-, then it sounds like a story that has been done a thousand times before, and Hollywood would present it with steamy and rapid sex scenes.
French cinema has a different pace, a different rhythm and a special sensibility. Real passion is expressed in this film, by subtly embracing while being deeply moved by a piece of music; profound emotions are shown through a discreet glance, an awkward silence, a heartfelt tear.
Beautiful, understated movie.
March 9, 2012
I did not rate or see this movie
Super Reviewer
January 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.
January 23, 2012
great acting from the cast. this movie is about choices which this movie portrayed quite well. The film is quite slow and some part felt like it was dragging but still manage to be emotional and the unspoken moments capture in the camera transcends the limits of emotions that you can truly feel and see the real moral conflict. It's a complex movie.
½ December 27, 2011
Enternecedora historia de amor...
½ December 20, 2011
A sweet tale of small town infatuation demonstrating yet again that , God, the French know how to make movies - this is an absolute joy, even if it has you spitting with envy at French education. Take consolation though in a demonstration that not even the French appear to be very good at getting off with each other when sober.
December 9, 2011
Jean falls in love with his son's teacher. I liked the slow-moving pace of this film, and the way that the changing relationship of Jean and his wife was shown, but didn't like the ending as I felt that the 'wrong' end had been chosen for a film that showed what seemed very real relationships. Any more comment would be a spoiler!
½ October 19, 2011
Very French, in pace and subtle acting. Realistically romantic.
October 12, 2011
Tempted to give it 4 stars, since it was so quickly obvious that it was trivial and pointless that we all started having a very pleasant conversation and eventually just turned it off entirely... thus much more entertaining than a lot of movies I give 3 stars too.
½ October 9, 2011
Totalmente innecesaria!
September 3, 2011
Beautiful film about love.
½ July 29, 2011
Wow! What an authentic subtle love story, like only the French know how to tell it. Quelle belle chanson à la fin; Quel Joli Temps (Septembre)
Quel joli temps pour se dire au revoir
Quel joli soir pour jouer ses vingt ans
Sur la fumà (C)e des cigarettes
L'amour s'en va, mon cÅ"ur s'arrête.
½ July 20, 2011
3.5: The kind of film I expect from the French, meaning it is sophisticated, nuanced, subtle, deliberate, sensitive, romantic, beautiful, modest in scope yet full of emotional significance, allows the viewer ample time to breath/consider/reflect/enjoy, etc. All French films are, of course, not like this, but they do seem to be more capable of creating films in this style and of this quality than any other country around. The performances are incredible, in particular the leads, who have great chemistry between the three of them. The music is practically imperceptible, yet it highlights and intensifies everything. The direction, editing, cinematography are all of the highest order. This is the kind of film that could hit four stars, but it's modesty is part of what held me back. It doesn't have terribly grand ambitions; it is simply a practically flawless rendition of a very simple, and almost unrequited, love story. It's the kind of picture that sticks with you.
½ May 2, 2011
This small and quiet love story is an exquisite example of restrained passion, desire and the complexity of making a change. Much more an art house, provincial drama than a real wide screen movie, Mademoiselle Chambon offers a fine emotional challenge.

Nothing in particular shows any signs of over-the-top drama or any melodramatic moments and this is where actually Stéphane Brizé impresses with his movie about a family man and a school teacher who fall in love. Throughout the whole 100 minutes the story and the characters remain restrained, down-to-earth and simple. Everything in this real-life love story comes out not with dialogues or tears, so typical for the mainstream mediocrity, but with gestures, expression and silence.

The silence is probably director Stéphane Brizé's best weapon as he focuses on the leads' quiet longing for each other.Letting you wonder about their thoughts. And this is probably its weakest link, too. Especially if the expectations are for a story with well-paced climax and building up of tension.

This simply does not happen, as everything flows quietly, just as the real life in this small French provincial town...
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