Mademoiselle Chambon
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Two adults struggle to avoid letting their erotic passion for one another guide them into infidelity in this subtly erotic, understated chamber drama from France. Vincent Lindon stars as Jean, a burly blue-collar mason who lives semi-contentedly with his wife, Anne-Marie (Aure Atika), and son, Jérémy (Arthur Le Houérou), in some unspecified provincial French town. Little passion exists in Jean's life -- until his path crisscrosses with that of Véronique Chambon (Sandrine Kiberlain), his son's violin teacher. Completely taken with the woman's cultural sophistication (manifested… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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"A heartbreaking, ambiguous twist on 'Brief Encounter', railway station finale and all. Take hankies."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Mademoiselle Chambon is moving in spots, but it doesn't stir you the way the best films about heartache do. You feel for these two star-crossed lovers, then forget about them the moment the movie is over."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Mademoiselle Chambon may be a small film about inconsequential people, but the situations and emotions it stirs up are universally profound"
‑ Laura Kern, Film Comment Magazine
"Understated, powerfully emotional drama that plays like an updated French version of Brief Encounter, thanks to a superb script and terrific performances from Vincent Lindon and Sandrine Kilberlain."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Too much of Stéphane Brizé's film is elegant water-treading, but there are candid little scenes, and one of those will-they-won't-they, Brief Encounter denouements that never go out of fashion."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"A charmingly direct film of simple contrasts about the difficulty of change."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Mademoiselle Chambon is about love in midlife, about two souls meeting, and how that can be the most beautiful thing in the world but also the most inconvenient."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"By paring everything right down, director Stéphane Brizé elegantly proves that less really is more."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Post
"An impossible romance that is expressed delicately and without recourse to more than mild erotica."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"It hauls its bucket up slowly. We're not sure till the end, or even then, if there is much water in it."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"One way to think of Mademoiselle Chambon (a chambon is a piece of a horse's halter) is as Brief Encounter as reimagined by Eric Rohmer."
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"Brizé does score a nifty variation on the clichéd rushing-to-meet-destiny climax. But this encounter, brief indeed at a mere 90 minutes, doesn't fully convince."
‑ Rob Nelson, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"It's a touching, measured, well-observed film that uses music (the teacher is a trained violinist) skilfully."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Slow your pace and pause for breath and there's a world of pleasure to be had from this unhurried small-town tragedy."
‑ Xan Brooks, Guardian [UK]
"A subtle and sensual character study."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
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