MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 3,557 this week

Mascara (1987)

4.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.7/10 from 202 users  
Reviews: 11 user | 1 critic

A respected police commissioner has a reputation as a fervent opera lover, but by night he also enjoys plunging into the transvestite scene. In addition, he harbors a longing for his very ... See full summary »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb: What to Watch - Guardians of the Galaxy

In the latest episode of IMDb: What to Watch, Keith Simanton talks with director James Gunn and actors Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Vin Diesel about their movie Guardians of the Galaxy.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1001 titles
created 31 Jul 2011
 
a list of 1267 titles
created 07 Aug 2012
 
a list of 81 titles
created 21 Jan 2013
 
a list of 334 titles
created 24 Mar 2013
 
a list of 33 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Mascara" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Mascara (1987)

Mascara (1987) on IMDb 4.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Mascara.

User Polls

1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Max mon amour (1986)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A French wife takes a zoo chimp named Max to be her lover.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima
Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Anthony Higgins, Victoria Abril
Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The movie starts with an interview with director Claude Lelouch. He pleads viewers not to disclose the plot of the movie after leaving the projection room. Even the movie's trailer shows ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Lelouch
Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Michel Piccoli, Jean-Louis Trintignant
Adventure | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

At the beginning of WW2, Liviu, a Romanian count, and his wife Julia come to live on an uninhabited tropical island, where they hope to escape the war and their past. They bring with them ... See full summary »

Director: Arturo Ripstein
Stars: Peter O'Toole, Charlotte Rampling, Max von Sydow
Mascara (1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

The story of three young women who are good friends, helping each other in their struggle to become adults.

Director: Linda Kandel
Stars: Ione Skye, Lumi Cavazos, Amanda De Cadenet
Three I (1969)
Certificate: M Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Two college friends, traveling in Europe, find themselves rivals for the attentions of a mysterious woman.

Director: James Salter
Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Robie Porter, Sam Waterston
Going Bananas (1987)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.8/10 X  

Deep in Africa's exotic Momba-Zomba Land, young David Menden-Hall (Over the Top) befriends a mischievous little chimpanzee--only to discover the critter can talk! Soon, his friends Joe (Dom... See full summary »

Director: Boaz Davidson
Stars: Dom DeLuise, Jimmie Walker, David Mendenhall
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  
Director: Zacarías Urbiola
Stars: Eva Robin's, Ajita Wilson, Ramón Centenero
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: David Hare
Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Michael Gambon, Iain Glen
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Director: Antonio D'Agostino
Stars: Franco Pugi, Ornella Grassi, Camillo Besenzon
Slachtvee (1979)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Director: Patrick Conrad
Stars: Bert André, Alex Barbaix, François Beukelaers
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Director: Antonio D'Agostino
Stars: Eva Robin's, Ajita Wilson, Ramón Centenero
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Director: Joy Fleury
Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Myriem Roussel, Andrzej Zulawski
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Gaby Hart
...
Bert Sanders
...
Chris Brine
Jappe Claes ...
Colonel March
...
David Hyde
Harry Cleven ...
PC
Serge-Henri Valcke ...
Harry Wellman
Romy Haag ...
Lana
Eva Robin's ...
Pepper
John Van Dreelen ...
Minister Weinberger
Norma Christine Deumner ...
Salome
Pascale Jean-Louis ...
Divine
Alexandra Vandernoot ...
Euridice
Mark Verstraete ...
Police Officer
Hugo Van Den Berghe ...
Policeman
Edit

Storyline

A respected police commissioner has a reputation as a fervent opera lover, but by night he also enjoys plunging into the transvestite scene. In addition, he harbors a longing for his very own sister. When he learns that his wife has been murdered, he tries to implicate the set-designer who has designs on his sister. Written by Hannelore Goossens

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

|

Release Date:

7 May 1987 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Make-up for Murder  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

French certificate: -13. See more »

Soundtracks

Let Me Treat You Like A Man
Written by S. van Holme and Danny Klein
Performed by Danny and the Dominoes
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
sleazy thriller with opera and transsexuals, nevertheless interesting and well-done
17 January 2005 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

The movie starts with Gaby (Charlotte Rampling) driving, and she nearly runs over a man who was crossing the street. They exchange some words, but seem to take a liking to each other.

She meets up with Bert, a police superintendent; they're both dressed in formalwear. He stops at a crime scene that is particularly seedy. A dingy apartment, with a partially clothed dead woman in a bathtub full of water. The police on the scene think it was a suicide, but Bert points out it had to have been a murder. This death has no connection (that I'm aware of) to anything else in the movie, except to set the stage for the seediness to follow.

Bert and Gaby proceed to the opera, for which he has a great liking (along with white dresses). In the opera, the female lead playing Eurydice wears a sparkly white dress with lights beneath the cloth forming a large blinking red heart. Bert is absolutely captivated by the dress.

Bert insists on meeting the designer of the dress backstage, and it turns out to be Chris, the man Gaby almost ran over. Gaby and Chris become even more smitten with each other.

Bert persuades Chris to let him borrow the dress for a special friend. Chris goes along on the provision that he gets to do the dressing and undressing, thinking the friend is Gaby. Bert takes him to a well-hidden underground opera S&M club, populated by wealthy men and quite a lot of transsexuals. Performers lip-synch to opera songs. Gaby is not there, but Bert's love Pepper. A death occurs, and although Chris is innocent of it, it looks like the blame will fall on him, particularly when Bert forces Chris to make repeat visits to the club. Meanwhile, Chris and Gaby try to strengthen their relationship, which Gaby finds hard to do.

It was a pretty good movie, well-made. I'm sure the transsexual club limits its appeal, and be forewarned that there is some full-frontal male/female nudity - yikes....


6 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Mascara (1987) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?