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Rois et Reine (Kings and Queen) Reviews

June 30, 2006
Desplechin's big, bold, iconoclastic feature Rois et Reine is a disconcerting film that can turn your head at the oddest moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 30, 2006
Funny, absurd, often mocking itself and always quoting cultural history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 29, 2005
While these characters' lives are melodramatic, individual scenes burst with kinetic energy from fast editing and an script that deftly underscores the destructive nature of male-female relationships.
Read More | Original Score: A
August 26, 2005
There's a looseness to the camera work and storytelling that's appealingly breezy: This film feels, for better or worse, like real life.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 18, 2005
Kings and Queen, full of passion and humor, madness and grief, is close to a masterpiece.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
August 18, 2005
Kings and Queen is at times compelling, at times devastating, and at times long-winded.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 24, 2005
It's a puzzle of a film, but not the kind that intimidates you with inscrutability so much as one that beckons you into its antic eccentricity.
June 24, 2005
[Desplechin] gives these characters the time to develop, to display their nuances, to establish their relationships with each other, to talk out their destinies.
June 3, 2005
The film is delectable and keeps you eager to see what's served next, but also is ridiculously rich, overly long and difficult to digest. Still, it's a feast you won't want to miss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 3, 2005
A richly observed study of the sticky complexities of family dynamics.
May 27, 2005
The movie, directed by Arnaud Desplechin and written by him with Roger Bohbot, begins as such a straightforward portrait of ordinary life that it's unsettling to find layer after layer of reality peeled away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 26, 2005
Kings and Queen is a marvelously textured and civilized study of two tormented souls finding redemption not in each other, but in themselves and in other people.
May 20, 2005
The film is a soap opera that through layering and texture is made into something rich, strange, and unforgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 19, 2005
Category-defying film that's as smart and emotionally resonant as it is entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 19, 2005
Contemporary and specific ... but the melodramas also play out on a universal plane, like the lives of the gods.
May 19, 2005
This enjoyable French pic welds together drama, melodrama and comedy in a blend with potentially strong European audience appeal.
May 19, 2005
By tempering the mania and offsetting the edginess of the deeply imperfect characters in this ambitiously free-form film, Desplechin offers that most old-form of balms -- compassion.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 13, 2005
An emotional jigsaw that will keep you engrossed for days, maybe years.
May 13, 2005
Arnaud Desplechin's sprawling drama exudes a go-for-broke determination that is frustrating and exhilarating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 13, 2005
Devos, as Nora, does much to hold it all together with a layered performance. Almaric has powerful moments as well, notably in a climactic rambling monologue about life he delivers to the boy.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 11, 2005
This movie, however incomplete and frustrating, is also fully alive and extraordinarily intelligent.
May 10, 2005
It's terrific filmmaking.
October 6, 2004
A welter of narrative complication and piercing drama shot through with a rich vein of absurdist humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5