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Kings & Queen (2004)

Rois et reine (original title)
Parallel storylines tell the current state of affairs for two ex-lovers: Nora's a single mother who comes to care for her terminally ill father; holed in up in mental ward, Ismael, a brilliant musician, plots his escape.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Geoffrey Carey ...
Thierry Bosc ...
M. Mader
Maurice Garrel ...
Louis Jenssens
Valentin Lelong ...
Elias Cotterelle
Olivier Borle ...
Le moniteur
Didier Sauvegrain ...
Le chirurgien
Ismaël Vuillard
François Toumarkine ...
Marc Bodnar ...
Le psy de garde
Jean-Paul Roussillon ...
Abel Vuillard
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Monique Vuillard


The stories of Nora during a brief period when her father falls ill and of Ismaël while involuntarily committed to a mental institution for observation. Nora's in her 30s and has loved four men - her son Elias, Elias's deceased father, her own father, and Ismaël, a musician given to odd behavior with whom she lived seven years. She will soon marry a businessman. Faced with her father's death, Nora seeks out Ismaël to ask that he reconnect with Elias; a great deal else roils from her past. Ismaël has his own challenges, not the least of which are his feelings toward adopting Elias and his meeting Arielle, another patient. Ismaël's surface shows a lot; Nora's, very little. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

22 December 2004 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Kings & Queen  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$24,180 (USA) (20 May 2005)


$289,592 (USA) (2 December 2005)

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2.35 : 1
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Visa d'exploitation en France #102243 See more »


Nora Cotterelle: There are four men I loved. I killed two of them.
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Referenced in Trust the Man (2005) See more »


Pavane pour une Infante défunte
Composed by Maurice Ravel
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Has anyone ever told you you're beautiful?
18 September 2005 | by (Belfast, N.I) – See all my reviews

There is SO much going on in this film, but it has rhythm, pace, a great soundtrack, and enjoyable, charismatic performances, that kept me engaged from the word go. The editing owes something to 60s Godard - lots of jump cuts in the dialogue scenes - and 80s Rohmer - anguished 30 somethings worrying about true love - and possibly, in its tour de force final sequence, a reference to La Jetee, which is also of course about memory, fate, and mortality. And then there is the rather bizarre Audrey reference which opens the film: as Nora steps out of a black car, clutching her morning coffee, clothed in black, her hair wound up on her head, the strains of Monn River sound. So far, so post-modern. This is is a film that is freighted with filmic, literary, theatrical (esp Shakespeare and the Tempest) and artistic allusions, but that uses these in service of a specific point: that these cultural references and allusions make the web of our being - that art is how we communicate to each other (notice that all the characters communicate through art - the gift Nora gives her father, the music Ismael dances to, the book the father writes - even the 'murder scene' is filmed through a highly stylised mise-en-scene): that 'artifice' can reveal the deepest and most moving of human emotions. It is a beautiful film that will move you and make you leave the cinema feeling transported. And Deneuve is just great! I love the bit where Ismael asks her if anyone has ever told her she's beautiful, and she gives a slight twist of her lips, sighs, and says, yes, she has heard that before. Just because something has become cliché, doesn't mean it's not true.

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