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La moustache (2005)

(บรรยายอังกฤษ)

 

Directer:Emmanuel Carrère

Writter: Emmanuel Carrère, Jérôme Beaujour, Emmanuel Carrère (novel)

Running time: 87 min

Country: France

Language: French | English | Cantonese
Genre: Drama | Mystery

Subtitle: English
Starring: Vincent Lindon, Emmanuelle Devos and Mathieu Amalric

 

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Storyline:
Marc is sitting in his bath one morning and asks his wife, "how would you feel if I shaved off my mustache?" She doesn''t think it''s a great idea, for the 15 years they''ve been married, she''s never known him without his ''stache. He shaves it off anyway, but when he sees his wife, she doesn''t notice, neither do their friends at dinner that night, neither do his co-workers. Marc finally flips out, shouts at everyone, tells them he''s tired of their little joke, and what do they really think. His wife and co-workers are appalled, what is he talking about, he''s never had a mustache. In fact, he''s imagining other things as well, or is he?


Special Features:
- Making of featurette
- Interview with director Emmanuel Carrère and editor Camille Cotte
- Theatrical trailer


Review:

  LA MOUSTACHE is a surrealist tale about a man who shaves off his beloved moustache after asking his girlfriend whether she thinks it would be a good idea. After the final remnants of his formerly magnificent creation are washed down the sink the man stands back to see what friends and family think...only to find that none of them notice any difference in his appearance. A crisis of confidence ensues, with the man starting to doubt whether he ever even had a moustache in the first place.
  There is a moment in Kushner''s Angels in America when one of the characters tells his wife, "My whole life has conspired to bring me to this place, and I can''t despise my whole life". I thought of that line during the new French film, La Moustache, but with a twist: The main character tries to despise his life, to outrun it, but cannot.



   Writer-director Emmanuel Carrère''s second feature (his first, 2003''s Return to Kotelnitch, has yet to have a US release) begins with a simple premise: Marc Thiriez (Vincent Lindon), a comfortable, forty-something businessman, decides one night to give his wife Agnès (Emmanuelle Devos) a surprise by shaving off his fine salt-and-pepper mustache that he has had for many years. He clips it off in the bathtub and steps out, a towel wrapped around his lip. It drops, but Agnès says nothing. He beats around the bush, confused, until he finally comes out and asks her if she''s noticed his missing mustache. She says he''s never had a mustache.
   Marc goes to a party that night, but his friends do not notice. He goes to work the next day, but his co-workers say nothing. Everyone concurs with his wife''s judgment. Perhaps they are all playing a joke, but why do they seem so serious? Perhaps Marc has lost his mind, but what about those old vacation photos, wherein the mustache is in full bloom? What of the hair in the garbage? And will an argument with Agnès do him any good?



  It is from this premise that Carrère''s screenplay (co-written with Jérôme Beaujour and based upon Carrère''s novel) steps forth, and in its early stages we find ourselves wondering exactly what kind of film we are watching. The characters are so mundane, their lives the ordinary stuff of middle-upper class metropolitans, and yet there is this strange new element, almost supernatural, and over time the film becomes a character study of Marc, the clean-faced gentleman, and of the haunted look in his eye.

 


  The story is grounded in his relationship with Agnès; their relationship seems born out of love, but there is also a sense of isolation between them. The thematic elements of the film grow fascinating in the scenes with the two of them, as we wonder both how much of ourselves we sacrifice to be with another person and whether it is possible to ever know another person at all. In focusing in particular on Marc, Carrère also seems to be asking questions about a man''s role in an urban society, and whether in losing his mustache Marc loses pieces of his masculinity as well. Eventually Marc is driven to go searching for himself, but we watch him and wonder if there is any self left to find. We are distanced from ourselves in a modern urban society, but with the rise of technology we also grow isolated from each other, and yet we cannot escape each other, no matter how much we try. We look for ourselves yet find nothing.



   Carrère''s film asks weighty questions, yet his study of modern alienation is never dull precisely because he stays grounded in relationships, with the questions coming out as a result. He has picked two wonderful actors for his central couple. Lindon is unfamiliar to American audiences but a big star in France, and this film shows why; tall and good-looking, with a decent percentage of middle-aged flab, he creates Marc as an Everyman and uses subtle gestures and intonations to suggest his descent. Devos, who by contrast has gotten healthy exposure in the States with The Beat That My Heart Skipped, Read My Lips and Kings and Queen, consistently asserts an open and loving nature that perhaps has something to hide. Their first scenes together are playful and cheery, but by film''s end we look back on those scenes and wonder. Mathieu Amalric, who played the younger half of the father-son informants in Munich, is also good as a family friend.



   La Moustache succeeds, too, as a visual film; I saw the movie without subtitles when it opened in France and still had little trouble following the story. It is a tight, concise film (86 minutes) that roots itself in its quiet man. Flourishes are few and far between, save for a recurring Philip Glass piece to bring out the story''s underlying anxieties and a central image of a body of water that achieves its full power in the film''s last shot.
   By this time we understand what kind of movie La Moustache is: It starts off a love story, turns into a mystery and ends in subtle horror.
The Cinema Source


Awards:4 wins & 2 nominations

Cannes Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2005 Won Label Europa Cinemas Emmanuel Carrère 
 
Chicago International Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2005 Won FIPRESCI Prize Emmanuel Carrère 
 
Chlotrudis Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2007 Won Chlotrudis Award Best Actor
Vincent Lindon 
Nominated Chlotrudis Award Best Adapted Screenplay
Emmanuel Carrère 
 


 

 




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