La Moustache
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"What would you think if I shaved my moustache?" asks Marc (Vincent Lindon) of his wife, Agnès (Emmanuelle Devos), one fateful night as they prepare to visit friends for dinner. She's never seen him without it, but while she goes to do some last-minute shopping, he impulsively shaves the moustache off. Thus begins a tragic odyssey that leads Marc to question every relationship in his life, and even his own identity. Marc's journey into darkness begins when Agnès returns home. At first, he playfully tries to conceal what he's done. When he finally reveals his bare face to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What the movie lacks visually, it makes up for with the performances, especially by Lindon, who leads us on a journey we want to stick with even if we can't fully understand."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"An absorbing riddle posed in cool, matter-of-fact tones."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Those looking for a good thriller should be pleased enough and those seeking a serious art film will get plenty of philosophy with their pretty pictures."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"A dizzying experiment, evocative and frustrating at the same time."
‑ David Cornelius,
"It's a brief, simple film that never overreaches but, if you're into it, it raises fascinating questions about identity."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"In one sense it's what might be called 'typically French,' an exquisitely observed fable of bourgeois life that is mordant, witty and yet low-key. In another sense, it's what might be called 'nuts.'"
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"I found it mesmerizing from beginning to end."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"Bristling with existential doubt and ennui . . . Carrère's half-nightmare, half-dream vision of one man's imprisonment in his own life remains satisfyingly unresolved and stubbornly unique."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"As with the recent French films Lemming and The Bridesmaid, La Moustache generates a high level of tension with the most mundane things."
‑ Beth Accomando,
"As intelligently as Carrère handles this material, giving it just the right hint of distance and ambiguity, La Moustache tends to drift toward the mechanisms of the thriller."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A shuddery, enigmatic study in psychological suspense."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"An intriguing study of identity, marriage and, perhaps, madness."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Kafkaesque story of man who shaves trademark moustache. Afterwards everybody--wife included--insists that he has never had one!"
‑ Louis Proyect,
"A mind-bending treat adapted by director Emmanuel Carrère from his novel."
‑ Michele Kenner, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"The Hitchcock-style intriguing from start to finish, despite the lack of answers to the many questions it raises. And, that ain't shabby."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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