La Moustache (2005)
Critic 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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as Marc Thiriez
as Lara Schaeffer
as Cafe Owner
as Taxi Driver
as Hostess at Charles De Gaulle
as Ferry Cashier
as Passport Control Officer
as Airport Employee
as Tai Chi Man
as Hotel Receptionist
as Female Casino Friend
as Male Casino Friend
Critic Reviews for La Moustache
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.
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.'
An absorbing riddle posed in cool, matter-of-fact tones.
An intriguing study of identity, marriage and, perhaps, madness.
Audience Reviews for La Moustache
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."
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.
Pretty boring film, the idea is definitely unique in that the guy goes insane because he's seen himself one way while others have seen him another way for all of his life. So it's something different in a sense. But the execution of this film is horrible. The acting is solid most definitely but at the end of the movie you're left with a billion more questions than answers. It also doesn't help that the movie is boring most of the time. And like I said nothing in the movie is explained they just let you make your own conclusion and that's good in movies that actually give you something that might help you make a valid conclusion. In this movie nothing is given to you that might explain what happened and how it happened. Overall a huge disappointment in my eyes.
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