Kings And Queen (2004)

ARNAUD DESPLECHIN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.

Original title:  Rois Et Reine

France, 2004, , , , , , , , , .  Scenario and dialogue by , Arnaud Desplechin.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by New York Film Critics Awards 2005.   Toronto International Film Festival 2004.

and are both outstanding in this character epic whose tragic and comedic elements combine for an overwhelmingly humane experience. Devos plays a single mother who discovers her father is dying when she goes home for a visit and accompanies him to the hospital to check out a minor pain he’s been having. Meanwhile, her ex-husband (Amalric) has been checked into the psychiatric ward for his increasingly odd behaviour. The paths of these two individuals are reunited, but not necessarily in the way you’d expect; in fact, nothing about this movie is what you’d expect, and that along with the terrific direction (not to mention a cameo by the breathtaking Catherine Deneuve) will ensure your enjoyment of this very beautiful film.

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