This is the story of powerful men and of the war that they bid. A story of contemporary princes, who obtain vengeance through stock-market bids, financial plots and buyouts. This is the story of the financial combat between two businessmen, into the heart of which is thrown a son
an heir and two kings and in which are also implicated a chamberlain, a fool and a churl. —Cannes Film Festival
Arnaud Desplechin is the son of Robert and Mado Desplechin, and grew up in the Nord department. He has a brother named Fabrice who has acted in several of his films, and two sisters: novelist Marie Desplechin and screenwriter Raphaëlle Desplechin.
Arnaud Desplechin studied film directing at the University of Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle, graduating in 1984. He made three short films inpsired by the work of the Belgian novelist Jean Ray, and became a great admirer of the films of Alain Resnais. During the late 1980s, Desplechin worked as a director of photography on several films.
In 1990, Desplechin directed La Vie des morts, starring several actors who would go on to appear in multiple Desplechin films, such as Marianne Dénicourt, Emmanuelle Devos, Emmanuel Salinger and Thibault de Montalembert. The 54-minute-long film won the Jean Vigo Prize for Short Films, and was shown at the Cannes Film Festival.
Desplechin’s first feature-length movie, La Sentinelle, premiered… read more
An experimental outing from Desplechin, which is rather disorienting at first but which quickly proves to be an engaging work on several levels; in being aesthetically well-crafted, intellectually stimulating for its narrative experimentation and, more importantly, for still managing to be involving in its main storylines. Quite watchable.