La Moustache Reviews

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August 4, 2006
Spins an agitated mystery well beyond its minimalist starting point, offering up giant questions about sanity and identity on its trip from the bathroom mirror.
August 3, 2006
A satisfying psychological adventure that powers along nicely on its movie-star performances, the graceful craftsmanship of Emmanuel Carrere's direction and a haunting violin concerto by Philip Glass.
July 7, 2006
A deliciously unsettling, beautifully sustained enigma, a film of much beauty and flawless performances, especially from Vincent Lindon in one of his most demanding roles.
July 7, 2006
Carrere playfully adapts his own novel for his feature debut and makes the interesting decision to show the film's events entirely through Marc's perspective.
July 6, 2006
Part absurdist comedy about the institution of marriage, part paranoid Kafkaesque fantasy, it's a minor-key reverie on the way our own lives can sometimes feel alien to us.
July 6, 2006
It's all a bit like an Agatha Christie mystery whose final moments make it clear that none of the characters could have done it....If you can live with that, then don't miss it.
June 30, 2006
an awfully rickety, hollow exercise in style over substance
June 25, 2006
A unique psychological drama with the tension of a whodunit.
May 31, 2006
...Recalls the "everyday suspense" films of Roman Polanski and the existential woe of Michelangelo Antonioni.
May 31, 2006
What does it all mean? We are never quite sure. All we learn from this relentless saga of mental and physical solitude are the many varieties of suffering one can endure when one feels alone in the universe.
May 31, 2006
This narrative feature debut by Emmanuel Carrere, based on his own novel, is deliberately open-ended, but however one interprets the outcome, the film reminds us how fragile intimacy is.
May 31, 2006
The Moustache provides a feast of sustained tension.
May 26, 2006
[Director] Carrere re-creates the insane mind through his camera, and diffuses his point about subjective experience by inadvertently raising questions about truth and the movies.
May 26, 2006
La Moustache, the first feature by novelist Emmanuel Carrere, begins as a comedy, but grows darker and darker by the frame. It's like a Hitchcock thriller filtered through the mind of Austrian firebrand Michael Haneke, who gave us Cache.
May 26, 2006
La Moustache dissolves into a meandering annoyance that takes us from Paris to Hong Kong and back again.
May 26, 2006
The film's greatest disappointment: rendering the captivating, enigmatic, and oddly gorgeous Emmanuelle Devos into an unsympathetic character. For shame.
May 25, 2006
Emmanuel Carrere's psychological mystery is a surreal reflection on perception, reality and memory.
May 24, 2006
A successful novelist and restrained actor's director, Carrére makes the transformation of a silly marital argument into a cosmic upheaval look easy, and profound as well.
May 16, 2006
The film is an unpretentious blank slate--almost totally without point but so unassuming it earns consideration.
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