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624 Ratings

A Room in Town

Une chambre en ville

Directed by Jacques Demy
France, Italy, 1982
Musical, Romance, Drama


In this musical melodrama set against the backdrop of a workers’ strike in Nantes, a young woman wishes to leave her brutish husband for an earthy steelworker, though he is involved with another. Unbeknownst to the girl, the object of her affection boards with her no-nonsense baroness mother.

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A Room in Town Directed by Jacques Demy

Critics reviews

Une chambre is the most extreme and audacious of Demy’s films in the way it combines very conspicuous artifice with the darker aspects of quotidian existence… Dramatically as well as musically, [the film] is considerably closer to opera than to any conventional musical. While a chorus here calls to mind Verdi, a moment of tormented passion there Puccini, there are also echoes of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde that sound with the lovers’ final union in death.
July 29, 2014
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Demy, perhaps like no filmmaker before or after, is committed to infusing his cinema with the central question of fluidity and transition, which likely finds its most pronounced articulation in 1982’s often misunderstood Une Chambre en Ville. Demy’s most complicated film is engaged in several lines of intertextual inquiry, with not only political cinema of the past, but also Demy’s entire body of work.
July 26, 2014
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…One of the screen’s all-time great odes to desire… A commercial fiasco on its release (and, arguably, Demy’s last artistic success) it shows desire as an emotion that flourishes where it is most denied – that secret longing inside us that cannot, or must not, be fulfilled.
April 01, 2010
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