La Moustache

2005

La Moustache

Critics Consensus

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.

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Total Count: 42

66%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 4,189
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Movie Info

"What would you think if I shaved my moustache?" asks Marc (Vincent Lindon) of his wife, Agnès (Emmanuelle Devos), one fateful night as they prepare to visit friends for dinner. She's never seen him without it, but while she goes to do some last-minute shopping, he impulsively shaves the moustache off. Thus begins a tragic odyssey that leads Marc to question every relationship in his life, and even his own identity. Marc's journey into darkness begins when Agnès returns home. At first, he playfully tries to conceal what he's done. When he finally reveals his bare face to her, with a flourish, her reaction is...nonexistent. She baffles him by appearing not to notice the change. Confused, he says nothing, and they proceed with their plans for the evening. When the couple's friends Serge (Mathieu Amalric) and Nadia (Macha Polikarpova) also fail to make note of the change in Marc's appearance, he begins to get angry, believing that Agnès is playing an elaborate prank on him. In the car on the way home, he loses his temper, and it's her turn to be baffled. What moustache? How can she have noticed that he shaved his moustache when he's never had one? While Agnès begins to question her husband's sanity, Marc frantically searches for evidence of his former facial hair. Things only get worse for Marc, as no one at his job remembers him having a moustache either, and before long, he discovers that there are other details of his life that only he remembers. The Moustache marks the directorial debut of Emmanuel Carrère, who adapted his own novel with Jérôme Beaujour (She's One of Us). The film was shown as part of The Film Society of Lincoln Center's 2006 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi

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Cast

Vincent Lindon
as Marc Thiriez
Fantine Camus
as Lara Schaeffer
Brigitte Bémol
as Policewoman
Franck Richard
as Taxi Driver
Elizabeth Marre
as Hostess at Charles De Gaulle
Teresa Lin
as Ferry Cashier
Hin Wai Hau
as Passport Control Officer
Chung Kwok Chan
as Airport Employee
Hung Siu
as Tai Chi Man
Yuen Hei Poon
as Hotel Receptionist
Helene Devynck
as Female Casino Friend
Jerome Bertin
as Male Casino Friend
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Critic Reviews for La Moustache

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (6)

  • What the movie lacks visually, it makes up for with the performances, especially by Lindon, who leads us on a journey we want to stick with even if we can't fully understand.

    Nov 3, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • In one sense it's what might be called 'typically French,' an exquisitely observed fable of bourgeois life that is mordant, witty and yet low-key. In another sense, it's what might be called 'nuts.'

    Nov 2, 2006 | Full Review…
  • An absorbing riddle posed in cool, matter-of-fact tones.

    Sep 28, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
  • I found it mesmerizing from beginning to end.

    Sep 22, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • An intriguing study of identity, marriage and, perhaps, madness.

    Sep 1, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • Leaps from a gripping identity thriller into a strange yet equally involving adventure about the bounds of self-knowledge and the incredible liberty of disregarding them.

    Aug 25, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for La 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.
    meril l Super Reviewer

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