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662 Ratings

Kings and Queen

Rois et reine

Directed by Arnaud Desplechin
France, 2004
Drama, Comedy


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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Kings and Queen Directed by Arnaud Desplechin
France’s Arnaud Desplechin has been trying to approximate Shakespeare for the better part of his career, getting closest with the ingeniously eclectic Kings & Queen… Desplechin’s sprawling, ambitious movie touches on countless ideas, reference points, and notes of personal tragedy, and yet still somehow manages to be energetic and funny.
July 15, 2016
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That Desplechin descends from the French New Wave directors is evident in his insistence on deconstructing wishful sentimentality, romanticism, and tidiness with cold amusement through subjective eccentrics. In his long, dense, and busy Kings and Queen, he deploys two of France’s finest actors—Emanuelle Devos and Mathieu Amalric—to brilliant effect.
March 09, 2016
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…Kings and Queen (2004) constitutes a more typical Desplechin affair: a two-hour-plus, chaotically populated ensemble effort paced with helter-skelter verve and ricocheting, deliberately and discordantly, between pit-of-despair tragedy and absolute farce.
March 08, 2016
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