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Cannes Review: Mathieu Amalric's Elegant And Airless ‘The Blue Room’

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 26, 2014 12:45 PM
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La Chambre Bleue
Presenting a compelling argument about the dangers of lovers’ chit-chat in a state of post-coital distraction, Mathieu Amalric’s latest directorial outing “The Blue Room” marks the French actor/filmmaker’s return to Cannes (though to the Un Certain Regard section) after “On Tour,” his last film, surprised many by winning him the Best Director prize in 2010. “The Blue Room,” based on a novel by popular Belgian crime writer George Simenon, is a very different affair from the burlesque baubles of “On Tour,” though, working in a far more controlled, contained register, and delivering a film in which the intentional mood of claustrophobia sometimes feels more like unintentionally choked, strained filmmaking. It’s a meticulous and tightly coiled cautionary tale, but it’s hard to imagine any of its characters having life outside the narrow confines of its stagy plot, or the edges of its carefully composed frames.

Watch: New NSFW Trailer For Mathieu Almaric’s Cannes Entry ‘La Chambre Bleue'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 9, 2014 9:41 AM
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La Chambre Bleue
A longtime presence on the arthouse scene (“Jimmy P.," “Venus in Fur”) with occasional ventures into the mainstream (“Quantum of Solace”), actor Mathieu Almaric managed in 2010 to take Cannes by storm, winning Best Director and a FIPRESCI prize for his film "Tournée." An accomplished if uneven work, it nonetheless proved a promising indication for projects to come, and now we’ve got a new look at Almaric’s return Cannes entry.

Watch: NSFW Teaser Trailer For Mathieu Amalric's Cannes Contender 'La Chambre Bleue'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2014 2:36 PM
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La Chambre Bleue
Is actor Mathieu Amalric becoming a Cannes staple as a director? He's making all the right movies -- in 2010 he made his first appearance on the Croisette as a director with "Tournée," winning Best Director and a FIPRESCI prize for his efforts. This year, he's returning with "La Chambre Bleue," this time shifted from Competition to Un Certain Regard, and it promises a fair bit of skin and sweat.

Cannes Review: The Mind Heals The Soul In Meandering & Unsatisfying 'Jimmy P.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 18, 2013 10:45 AM
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If Freddie Quell came back from World War II as an unhinged animal, Jimmy Picard (Benicio Del Toro) is the polar opposite, an intensely quiet but no less wounded man, who is out of sorts in post-war America. But he is also a Native American, which brings to his life a whole set of experiences (especially at the time) foreign to common understanding, giving his plight an extra layer of complexity. And it's within this milieu that Arnaud Desplechin presents the true story "Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy Of A Plains Indian)," a picture that meanders and focuses far too heavily on its subtitle, rather than on its two lead characters, who are presented with promise, but are ultimately left underdeveloped.

Cannes: New Images From Roman Polanski's 'Venus In Fur'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2013 3:25 PM
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We're now less than a week away from the Cannes Film Festival rolling out the red carpet, and among the heavy hitters making their way to the Croisette will be none other than Roman Polanski. He's returning with another modest, character driven, largely one location movie and something that appears to be even smaller than "Carnage."

Venice Review: 'Linhas De Wellington' Is A Handsome But Middling Tribute To The Late Raúl Ruiz

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 4, 2012 1:37 PM
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If you had to pick the final film to be completed after a forty-year career of over one hundred films, you’d certainly hope for one as masterful as “Mysteries Of Lisbon,” the four-hour 2010 epic that proved to be the last completed directorial effort from Chilean-born, French-settled filmmaker Raúl Ruiz. An internationally acclaimed Portugese-language costume drama, it’s one of the richest films of the last few years, and one that certainly served as a fitting crowning accomplishment.

Charlotte Gainsbourg & Mathieu Amalric Line Up New Projects; New Trailer For Pawel Pawlikowski's 'The Woman In The Fifth'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 25, 2012 11:42 AM
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Carrying on the Gallic theme of the Cannes Film Festival, we now have news from two major French talents in the form of Charlotte Gainsbourg and Mathieu Amalric who have both lined up their next projects. We also have the first trailer for Pawel Pawlikowski's Paris-set "The Woman In The Fifth," starring Ethan Hawke and Kristin Scott-Thomas.

French Actor Mathieu Almaric Talks Directing 'The Screen Illusion' & The Difficulties Of Pie-Throwing In Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • March 9, 2012 2:46 PM
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You won't see Mathieu Almaric in his new film, "The Screen Illusion" -- which is part of the Rendez-vous with French Cinema Film Festival -- because this time, he's the director.

Venice '11 Review: 'Persepolis' Follow-Up 'Chicken With Plums' Is Amiable & Pretty, But Twee & Thin

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 3, 2011 5:12 AM
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It can be difficult to shift from animation to live-action direction; the processes are very different, and even an accomplished animation helmer can sometimes be undone once they're faced with cameras, actors and the breakneck schedule of a feature film shoot, as opposed to the multi-year process that produces a feature cartoon. Some have managed it, Tim Burton being the most obvious example (at first, anyway...) and Pixar dons Brad Bird and Andrew Stanton are both hoping to make the leap in the next few months. But it's got to be even harder to go from working in graphic novels, to animation, to live-action, but that's been the path for Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud in the last few years.

Juliette Binoche & Mathieu Amalric Join David Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 17, 2011 11:47 AM
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Update #2: A press release from Canadian distributors Entertainment One now confirms the casting of Juliette Binoche and Mathieu Amalric in "Cosmopolis."

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