Parallel storylines tell the current state of affairs for two ex-lovers: Nora’s (Emmanuelle Devos) a single mother who comes to care for her terminally ill father; holed in up in mental ward, Ismael (Mathieu Amalric), a brilliant musician, plots his escape.
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Comment peut-on réussir un tel film ? 2h30 de personnes pleines de failles, souvent détestables, de la noirceur à chaque coin de l'histoire, des références intellos en veux-tu en voilà. Et pourtant l'énergie des comédiens, l'écriture au cordeau de Desplechin font que ça passe à toute vitesse, que ça m'émeut autant que ça me fait rire, et que je m'y rejette tous les deux ans, en alternance avec "Un conte de Noël".
It's as if a screwball comedy made by a screwball collided with a melodramatic soap opera scripted by Victor Hugo and the whole distressing unity were provided with a luminous (but, effective?) consolatory valediction by Emily Dickinson's wonderful poem "Water is taught by thirst". A film that demands multiple viewings to piece together its multiplicities.
Like the best Woody Allen films, Kings and Queen boldly endeavors to blend tragedy and comedy, and always foregrounds moments of emotional truth. Arnaud Desplechin explores creative ways to track his story, skillfully varying rhythms and imbuing his characters with depth and subtly. Mathieu Almeric is great. https://filmcapsule.wordpress.com/2010/12/11/kings_queen/
Any other filmmaker use both hip hop and classical in his soundtrack?
Other things I rate highly: *dialogue wallowing in things we usually don't dare say- the way the characters air out their laundry for the world to see is refreshing; *the characters themselves- they're wonderfully flawed and all-too human; *details like the musketeer cape, the letter that left a mark; *the irony of just living, exposed.