Rois et Reine (Kings and Queen)
Rois et Reine (Kings and Queen) (2005)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 13, 2005
DVD Release Date: November 15, 2005
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A dryly comic, stylistically brave film.

Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail

Desplechin's big, bold, iconoclastic feature Rois et Reine is a disconcerting film that can turn your head at the oddest moments.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

There's a looseness to the camera work and storytelling that's appealingly breezy: This film feels, for better or worse, like real life.

Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

A willing victim, a godlike father, the collusion between the two and from this perversion comes deep and unsettling woes -- it's an odd concoction, one part hemlock to two parts froth. But I think I've seen it all before, and before and before.

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Susan Walker
Toronto Star

Funny, absurd, often mocking itself and always quoting cultural history.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Kings and Queen, full of passion and humor, madness and grief, is close to a masterpiece.

Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

A highly unstable compound of melodrama and offbeat comedy that elicits more shrugs of confusion than sighs of satisfaction

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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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.

James Berardinelli

Kings and Queen is at times compelling, at times devastating, and at times long-winded.

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Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

a complex, character-driven film that never allows its themes - madness, love, coming of age - to become reducible to pat formulae, or over-sentimentalisation.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Kings and Queen" starts out with Nora(Emmanuelle Devos) introducing herself directly to the camera. She is 35, runs an art… More
alan jay
An interesting film to be sure, and definitely worth a watch. Mathieu Amalric delivers a winning performance that shines above all else. This french melodrama… More
John Ballantine
Pretty interesting return to the screen for Catherine Deneuve in an ensemble piece directed by Arnaud Desplechin. Not familiar with Desplechin's work in… More
Daniel Parsons
One of the many joys and sadnesses of this necessarily long film are the way in which characters motivations and true feelings are gradually revealed as the… More