Mademoiselle Chambon

This new film from writer-director Stéphane Brizé (‘Not Here To be Loved’) is a refined, sombre and romantic spin on love, lust and the suppression of both. Blessed with the fragile presence of Sandrine Kiberlain – one of Europe’s most underrated actresses – this is the tale of a surly builder, husband and father (Vincent Lindon) and the infatuation he develops his son’s supply teacher (Kiberlain). The pair’s innocent banter develops into something more dangerous following a stirring, private violin rendition of Elgar’s ‘Salut d’Amour’, but they decide that their mutual fondness will never turn into anything that might hurt others. If it sounds prim, it’s not: Brizé guides rather than tells, relying less on dialogue than moody longueurs and suggestive framing. And after a slow build-up, his film emerges as a heartbreaking, ambiguous twist on ‘Brief Encounter’, railway station finale and all. Take hankies.

Release details

Release date: Friday September 23 2011
Duration: 101 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Stéphane Brizé
Cast: Vincent Lindon
Sandrine Kiberlain
Aure Atika

Average User Rating

3.1 / 5

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Paul

The film has some nice scenes and subtle acting but it is way too vague and understated. Sure, I don't like getting hit over the head by what's happening, and I generally like understated and mysterious, but the movie could have shown a couple of conversations with a little substance as opposed to a series of vague stares and sudden cuts. Re the review abofe, this movie does not show the principals "deciding" anything. Things just happen. Most annoying, the movie lingers way too long showing something like the guy mixing mortar at the woman's apartment while it doesn't bother to show the goodbye between the pair at the end of the same encounter. It suddenly cuts to another too long scene of the guy driving home with classical music playing. We are given little reason to believe in the feelings between the couple and ulltimately it feels like lazy work that doesn't bother to even try to put enough flesh on the bones. However, though It is often painfully slow and dull, it is still pretty and affecting too some extent.

Paul

The film has some nice scenes and subtle acting but it is way too vague and understated. Sure, I don't like getting hit over the head by what's happening, and I generally like understated and mysterious, but the movie could have shown a couple of conversations with a little substance as opposed to a series of vague stares and sudden cuts. Re the review abofe, this movie does not show the principals "deciding" anything. Things just happen. Most annoying, the movie lingers way too long showing something like the guy mixing mortar at the woman's apartment while it doesn't bother to show the goodbye between the pair at the end of the same encounter. It suddenly cuts to another too long scene of the guy driving home with classical music playing. We are given little reason to believe in the feelings between the couple and ulltimately it feels like lazy work that doesn't bother to even try to put enough flesh on the bones. However, though It is often painfully slow and dull, it is still pretty and affecting too some extent.