Mademoiselle Chambon

Mademoiselle Chambon

An elegant, moving tale of an unexpected romance between a married man, Jean (Vincent Lindon), and his son's school teacher, Véronique Chambon (Sandrine Kiberlain, Lindon's former wife) — and their desperate attempt to keep their desires from spiraling into a full-blown affair, which threatens to turn everything around them upside down. 3.5 out of 5 based on 12 reviews
Mademoiselle Chambon

Omniscore:

Certificate 15
Genre Drama
Director Stéphane Brizé
Cast Aure Atika, Sandrine Kiberlain, Jean-Marc Thibault, Bruno Lochet, Michelle Goddet Vincent Lindon
Studio Axiom Films
Release Date September 2011
Running Time 101 mins
 

An elegant, moving tale of an unexpected romance between a married man, Jean (Vincent Lindon), and his son's school teacher, Véronique Chambon (Sandrine Kiberlain, Lindon's former wife) — and their desperate attempt to keep their desires from spiraling into a full-blown affair, which threatens to turn everything around them upside down.

Reviews

The Observer

Philip French

...a touching, measured, well-observed film.

25/09/2011

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Time Out

David Jenkins

If it sounds prim, it’s not: Brizé guides rather than tells, relying less on dialogue than moody longueurs and suggestive framing.

22/09/2011

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The Times

Wendy Ide

A master class in poignant restraint, driven by two subtle and achingly empathetic performances.

23/09/2011

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The Guardian

Xan Brooks

Slow your pace and pause for breath and there's a world of pleasure to be had from this unhurried small-town tragedy.

22/09/2011

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

Brizé keeps the script lean but offers his two leads the space and time to wring maximum feeling – mostly of regret – from their fraught silences.

23/09/2011

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Total Film

Kevin Harley

A familiar tale lent richness by note-perfect turns and stealthy storytelling.

13/09/2011

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The New York Times

Stephen Holden

This small, nearly perfect film is a reminder that personal upheavals are as consequential in people’s lives as shattering world events.

27/05/2010

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Empire Magazine

David Parkinson

A subtle and sensual character study.

26/09/2011

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The Evening Standard

Derek Malcolm

It is Brief Encounter all over again.

23/09/2011

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

...the story’s will-they-won’t-they melodies play on, evoking not just the Noël Coward weepie but Casablanca and pretty much all the rest of the cinema’s suffering-for-love gang.

22/09/2011

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

[Brizé's ] film is surely meant as a tale of straightforward true love, and, as such, it is uninspiring.

25/09/2011

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The Daily Telegraph

Tim Robey

Too much of Stéphane Brizé’s film is elegant water-treading...

22/09/2011

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