Rois et Reine (Kings and Queen)
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Rois et Reine (Kings and Queen)
The stories of two desperate characters turn out to share an important link in this drama from French filmmaker Arnaud Desplechin. Nora (Emmanuelle Devos) is a woman in her mid-thirties who wants people to believe that her life is going just the way she wants. But a look below the surface shows this isn't quite the case; she's been divorced twice, her latest relationship is on the rocks, her ten-year-old son, Elias (Valentin Lelong), is becoming increasingly withdrawn, and her father (Maurice Garrel) is in poor health. When Nora learns that her father's digestive problems are… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Desplechin's big, bold, iconoclastic feature Rois et Reine is a disconcerting film that can turn your head at the oddest moments."
‑ Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail
"There's a looseness to the camera work and storytelling that's appealingly breezy: This film feels, for better or worse, like real life."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"A highly unstable compound of melodrama and offbeat comedy that elicits more shrugs of confusion than sighs of satisfaction"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"I can't quite get my head around it; Ismael is too cartoony and Nora is too icy."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"This is a first-rate melo-dramedy under the influence of director Arnaud Desplechin."
‑ Michele Kenner, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Funny, absurd, often mocking itself and always quoting cultural history."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"Kings and Queen, full of passion and humor, madness and grief, is close to a masterpiece."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"a complex, character-driven film that never allows its themes - madness, love, coming of age - to become reducible to pat formulae, or over-sentimentalisation."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"[M]ixes with aplomb equal measures of intellectual screwball comedy and dark metaphysical tragedy, though part of the joke may be that one often can't tell which is which..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Great filmmaking and, as does not always follow, a great film."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"While these characters' lives are melodramatic, individual scenes burst with kinetic energy from fast editing and an script that deftly underscores the destructive nature of male-female relationships."
‑ Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Kings and Queen is at times compelling, at times devastating, and at times long-winded."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Its novelistic breadth, pitched intensity and on-the-fly shooting style pull the viewer smack-dab into the middle of these lives."
‑ Erica Abeel, Film Journal International
"the film proves, at the very least, that Desplechin is a director that garners due attention"
‑ Chris Cabin,
"It is well-acted and written with a rigorous effort to skirt cliche, and it has the savor of real life throughout."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
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