Mademoiselle Chambon Reviews
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.
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.
Quel joli temps pour se dire au revoir
Quel joli soir pour jouer ses vingt ans
Sur la fumÃ (C)e des cigarettes
L'amour s'en va, mon cÅ"ur s'arrÃªte.
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...