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 Despleshin 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.
Two former lovers lead parallel lives: while she takes care of her ailing father, he tries to set himself free from a mental ward. Meandering film alternates swiftly between poignant drama and offbeat comedy. It takes some commitment to see it all the way through but Amalric's closing speech to his stepson, about how life escapes any prefab label makes it well worth the while.
Un pugno nello stomaco. Siamo dalle parti del capolavoro. Forse anche meglio di Racconto di Natale. Certo che Desplechin deve aver avuto grossi problemi in famiglia ... Mathieu Amalric è uno dei più bravi attori che ci sia al momento. Bello, bello e bello
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.
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/