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Kings & Queen (2004)
"Rois et reine" (original title)

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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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Geoffrey Carey ...
Claude
Thierry Bosc ...
M. Mader
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Jean-Jacques
Maurice Garrel ...
Louis Jenssens
Valentin Lelong ...
Elias Cotterelle
Olivier Borle ...
Le moniteur
Didier Sauvegrain ...
Le chirurgien
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Ismaël Vuillard
François Toumarkine ...
Prospero
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Caliban
Marc Bodnar ...
Le psy de garde
Jean-Paul Roussillon ...
Abel Vuillard
Catherine Rouvel ...
Monique Vuillard
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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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$24,180 (USA) (20 May 2005)

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$289,592 (USA) (2 December 2005)
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The title of the movie was inspired to Arnaud Desplachin by the five first lines of a poem by Michel Leiris: "Rois sans arrois Reine sans arène Tour trouée Fou à lier Cavalier seul" See more »

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Nora Cotterelle: There are four men I loved. I killed two of them.
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Pavane pour une Infante défunte
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the most extravagantly praised french film of the year...
19 December 2005 | by (NYC, United States) – See all my reviews

I was so hoping it would live up to the hype...and it almost does - but you know how it goes with extravagantly praised films.

Desplechin's 1996 "My Sex Life" was brilliant - a rambling, shambling, thoroughly engaging 3 hour trip through the lives of a group of rambling, shambling, lost characters, made by a director looking to pour as much raw life into a film as possible and let the rest sort itself out. He has no interest in a well-knit story....

This somehow doesn't work as well here...what is missing is the "engaging" part. This isn't a matter of his being unable edit himself; it's just characters and their situations just seem less able to cross the divide and touch you.

But i'm all in favor of Desplechin's intentions. This is a director definitely worthy of trust and respect. And can all those critics be wrong? I'm going to see this again.

"My Sex Life" had the benefit of three wonderful actors: Mathieu Almaric, Jeanne Ballibar and Emmanuelle Devos...we need more films from all three. Almaric and Devos return here. He is, as always, terrifically fun to watch. But this is her movie...Emmanuelle Devos seems to be coming into her own now, after years of playing lesser roles (The Beat my Heart Skipped). She is a marvel. Always playing the victim, stoic and long-suffering, and always bringing to this role a huge richness of feeling. She is heart-wrenching here, as she was in "My Sex Life", which she practically stole. And what a remarkable look she has...one moment the ugly duckling, another moment a ravishing beauty. I can't take my eyes off her. A great actress.


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