La Moustache Reviews

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January 29, 2020
Adapted from a novel by first-time director Carrére, the film retains a literary quality in playing with our faith in the conventions of storytelling and in its sly, understated surrealism.
July 6, 2010
Carrère shows how a minor change can make the world a different place, how it disappears under our feet without our noticing, how glimpses into little truths can make the people around us seem hostile and ultimately drive us mad.
March 1, 2007
Those looking for a good thriller should be pleased enough and those seeking a serious art film will get plenty of philosophy with their pretty pictures.
February 11, 2007
Bristling with existential doubt and ennui . . . Carrère's half-nightmare, half-dream vision of one man's imprisonment in his own life remains satisfyingly unresolved and stubbornly unique.
February 1, 2007
Kafkaesque story of man who shaves trademark moustache. Afterwards everybody--wife included--insists that he has never had one!
January 17, 2007
A dizzying experiment, evocative and frustrating at the same time.
November 17, 2006
As with the recent French films Lemming and The Bridesmaid, La Moustache generates a high level of tension with the most mundane things.
November 10, 2006
A mind-bending treat adapted by director Emmanuel Carrère from his novel.
November 3, 2006
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.
November 2, 2006
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.'
September 28, 2006
It's a brief, simple film that never overreaches but, if you're into it, it raises fascinating questions about identity.
September 28, 2006
An absorbing riddle posed in cool, matter-of-fact tones.
September 22, 2006
I found it mesmerizing from beginning to end.
September 22, 2006
As intelligently as Carrère handles this material, giving it just the right hint of distance and ambiguity, La Moustache tends to drift toward the mechanisms of the thriller.
September 3, 2006
The Hitchcock-style story...is intriguing from start to finish, despite the lack of answers to the many questions it raises. And, that ain't shabby.
September 1, 2006
An intriguing study of identity, marriage and, perhaps, madness.
August 25, 2006
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.
August 19, 2006
...a movie about identity and marriage that raises many questions and supplies many answers without actually giving any.
August 13, 2006
An elegantly acted psychological puzzle, it's like watching a nervous breakdown from the inside out.
August 4, 2006
A profound allegory about the tension between isolation and intimacy.
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