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Though the premise may be modest on the surface, Carrere uses a man and his mustache that may or may not exist as a springboard into psychological suspense and unsettling questions. Read critic reviews

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Marc Thiriez (Vincent Lindon) is an architect who's worn a mustache for many years. Now approaching middle age, he decides to shave it off, naturally expecting others to notice. But when his wife, Agnes (Emmanuelle Devos), ignores the change, he's perturbed. When he asks why, she insists that he hasn't had a mustache for years. When he confronts other friends and colleagues about it, they too tell the same story. As Marc grows increasingly paranoid, his loved ones consider having him committed.

Cast & Crew

Vincent Lindon
Marc Thiriez
Emmanuelle Devos
Agnès Thiriez
Mathieu Amalric
Serge Schaeffer
Macha Polikarpova
Nadia Schaeffer
Teresa Li
Caissière ferry-boat
Emmanuel Carrère
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Emmanuel Carrère
Writer
Patrick Blossier
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Elisabeth Tavernier
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Critic Reviews for The Moustache

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Audience Reviews for The Moustache

  • Aug 15, 2011
    What a horrible thing to go through, I questioned if the character Marc was going through the beginning stages of alzheimer's disease because of his lack of memory that never synced up with his wife's. "You didn't even notice I shaved my moustache" "you have not had a moustache in the 15 years I have known you."
    Greg A Super Reviewer
  • Dec 28, 2010
    This proved to be a strange film that did not tip its hand for this viewer until the end. Marc (Vincent Lindon) shaves his mustache and sets off a sequence of events that leaves him, and this viewer, wondering whether he is going insane, the butt of an elaborate joke, or something more sinister. His wife, Agnes (Emmanuelle Devos), grows increasingly concerned, as it is her contention is that he has never had a mustache, while he believes that he has had it for ages. The back and forth dialog, and the increasing frustration that Marc experiences is what drives this film. It is dark comedy and French to the core. The two leads are excellent at portraying the conflicting emotions, and the supporting cast is strong. The scenery in and around Paris sets the mood and the director keeps a steady hand on the way the story is presented. Having had a mustache for many years only increased the pleasure that this film brought to this viewer as he could totally relate to the sense of bewilderment that Marc experienced.
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Apr 05, 2010
    the story for this movie was written by the director; I suspect it was a very short story that he attempted to stretch into a feature film. The acting by both leads are strong; the glaring weakness about stories such as these is the fact its nonsensical and without any reason. Plot holes aside, the burning questions that bubble up from this type of story go unanswered...but hey thats a french movie lol. This film plays out like a enlongated 'Twilight Zone' episode, where the ending is abruptly cut off a minute or two before its conclusion. Sorry folks, no answers to this one heh. Even Emmanuelle Devos said as much in the short feature included on the dvd; she had no idea what the deal was with the mustache angle, and the director never gave an answer to it. Its an interesting watch..
    alan j Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2008
    Doesn't have to make sense to be absurdly French.
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