A love story that has bewitched audiences and critics worldwide, MADEMOISELLE CHAMBON delicately captures the initial stirrings of romance. Vincent Lindon plays Jean, a burly and happily married housing contractor. One fateful afternoon, he picks up his son (Arthur Le Houérou) from school and meets the teacher, a willowy beauty named Mademoiselle Chambon (Sandrine Kiberlain). Their flirtation slowly builds over lingering glances and an impromptu violin solo in Chambon's apartment. Like the classical music they swoon over, their relationship builds through subtle movements: the tilt of a head or an inadvertent brush of the cheek fills their hearts with longing. Jean soon comes to a crossroads, having to choose between the intensity of his bond with Chambon or the responsibility and care he feels for his wife (Aure Atika) and child. An evocation of what it feels like to fall dizzyingly in love, MADEMOISELLE CHAMBON won the César (the French Academy Award®) for Best Adapted Screenplay and is an unqualified triumph for director Stéphane Brizé.
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This is a film about a married construction worker and an unmarried substitute teacher. The basis of their attraction is vague, but once you accept that premise, the movie serves as an antidote to the usual passionate, fall into bed, genre. There are lots of longing looks, fumbled communications, and lost opportunties before their love is finally consumated. One could say this is perhaps a real life story.
Fabulous movie, great script, good photography, well edited, nice pacing, adult emotions accurately portrayed. Would you conclude I loved this movie? I did.
It may be a somewhat more dramatic movie for those who are a little older and have lived the emotional decisions that are portrayed in the movie; in which case, the movie may break your heart or move you to tears or feel blessed that you had the courage to follow love in a painful situation (and feel the regret of the hurt caused by your decision). Life and love are not easy.
45 years ago, I had this very (or almost) kind of experience. It took me back to the sweetness, and the pain, the excitement and the dull reminder of reality. High praise for the director and the casting crew and the actors. They were so true to life, so believable, that I could join them and again go through the experience. Thank you.
The leading actress is wonderfully expressive of whatever mood she is portraying. There are the eyes and especially the direct intimate stare, the searching looks, the captivating movement of her head, her whole body. Very very good. There is a great sadness in that life does not easily accommodate our dreams. Yet throughout the film I detected no strategies or secret campaigns. The individuals involved were as much victims as perpetrators. I agree with the seemingly inevitable consummation and of the way it was depicted. I also agree with the final scene, where, as I remembered in a somewhat different setting, that I was not free to give or receive that which I so desperately desired. I am glad that I came to that conclusion, and I am glad that we made great effort to heal the marriage, even though the results were not enough. The film so accurately portrayed the joys and the tears that I experienced. I suspect there may be many others who will similarly experience this film.
Beautiful film. Life is like a train journey, we stop at different stations and move on. She was the violin he was the piano, they made great music together but can play well alone, He opened a new window on life for her showing her how to love, train moves on.
Realistic portrayal of life and the complexity of relationships.
beautiful, sensitive, quite suprising....
An excellent, subtle, evocative film that does a beautiful job building intrigue and sexual tension as it unfolds. The average American movie-goer and those accustomed to action drama may not understand the delicate subtleties that build throughout this wonderful film.
I fairly liked this. The acting was ok, just a little flat.