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Director:
Writers:
Arnaud Desplechin (scenario & dialogue) &
Roger Bohbot (scenario & dialogue)
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Release Date:
22 December 2004 (France) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
11 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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(2 articles)
User Reviews:
Wildly unedited but consistently engaging See more (19 total) »

Cast

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Emmanuelle Devos ... Nora Cotterelle
Geoffrey Carey ... Claude
Thierry Bosc ... M. Mader

Olivier Rabourdin ... Jean-Jacques
Maurice Garrel ... Louis Jenssens
Valentin Lelong ... Elias Cotterelle
Olivier Borle ... Le moniteur
Didier Sauvegrain ... Le chirurgien

Mathieu Amalric ... Ismaël Vuillard
François Toumarkine ... Prospero

Miglen Mirtchev ... Caliban
Marc Bodnar ... Le psy de garde
Jean-Paul Roussillon ... Abel Vuillard
Catherine Rouvel ... Monique Vuillard

Catherine Deneuve ... Mme Vasset

Noémie Lvovsky ... Elizabeth
Jan Hammenecker ... Nicolas
Nathalie Boutefeu ... Chloé Jenssens
Marie-Françoise Gonzales ... L'infirmière
Joachim Salinger ... Pierre Cotterelle

Daniel Cohen ... Le gynécologue
Fred Epaud ... L'employé de mairie (as Frédéric Epaud)
Claude Phor ... Le dingue
Karim Belkhadra ... L'interne psy

Hippolyte Girardot ... Maître Marc Mamanne
Elsa Wolliaston ... Dr. Devereux (as Elsa Woliaston)
Gaëlle Dill ... Victorine
Magali Woch ... Arielle
Shulamit Adar ... Mme Seyvos
Marc Betton ... Léopold Virag, l'éditeur
Gilles Cohen ... Simon

Francis Leplay ... Christian, le félon
Bernard Garnier ... Le médecin-légiste
Joël Dahan ... L'auteur
Rachid Hami ... Marcello
Marion Touitou ... Delphine
Yann Coridian ... Fidèle
Andrée Tainsy ... La grand-mère
Sarah Lefèvre ... L'amie de Nora
Denis Falgoux ... Le flic
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Laurencina Lam ... Hospital receptionist (uncredited)
Anh Lili ... (uncredited)
Alain Pointier ... L'huissier (uncredited)

Directed by
Arnaud Desplechin 
 
Writing credits
Arnaud Desplechin (scenario & dialogue) &
Roger Bohbot (scenario & dialogue)

Produced by
Pascal Caucheteux .... producer
 
Original Music by
Grégoire Hetzel 
 
Cinematography by
Eric Gautier 
 
Film Editing by
Laurence Briaud 
 
Casting by
Stéphane Touitou 
 
Production Design by
Daniel Bevan  (as Dan Bevan)
 
Costume Design by
Nathalie Raoul 
 
Makeup Department
Frédéric Lainé .... special makeup effects artist
Benoît Lestang .... special makeup effects artist
Eric Monteil .... key hair stylist
Thi-Loan Nguyen .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Marine Billet .... assistant unit manager
Mederic Bourlat .... unit manager
Martine Cassinelli .... production manager
Ivan Desrue .... unit manager
Laurencina Lam .... post-production manager
Thibault Mattei .... production general manager
Monica Taverna .... second unit manager
Isabelle Tillou .... production manager
Augustin Werkoff .... assistant unit manager
Edouard Decker .... assistant unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marine Billet .... trainee assistant director
Barbara Canale .... assistant director
Julien Greco .... second assistant director
Denis Kralj .... second assistant director
Gabriele Roux .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Yann Dury .... construction coordinator
Mohamed Jabbad .... assistant art director
Sophie Lampkin .... head painter
Laurent Saimond .... property master
Nathalie Serrière .... assistant art director
Maxime Girault .... art department trainee (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Nicolas Bouvet .... assistant sound editor
Frank Ceven .... assistant foley artist
Pascal Chauvin .... foley artist
Yves Coméliau .... assistant sound
Edouard d'Heucqueville .... sound mix technician
Rym Debbarh-Mounir .... dialogue editor
Jean-Pierre Laforce .... sound re-recording mixer
Sophie Laloy .... assistant sound
Claire-Anne Largeron .... sound editor
Christian Monheim .... sound
Sébastien Noiré .... sound editor
Seppe van Groeningen .... boom operator
Benjamin Viau .... assistant foley artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Néwine Behi .... second assistant camera
Patrick de Ranter .... Steadicam operator
Claudia Imbert .... assistant camera
Nicolas Leroy .... grip
Jean-Claude Lother .... still photographer
Pascale Marin .... assistant camera
Eric Martinot .... key grip
Thomas Collignon .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Amélie Covillard .... extras casting assistant
Viviane Lesser .... casting: children
Sonia Lila Tahallah .... casting assistant
 
Editorial Department
Idit Bloch .... assistant editor
Célia Lafitedupont .... assistant editor
Jérôme Pey .... additional assistant editor
Benjamin Weill .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Thomas Jamois .... soundtrack producer
Stéphane Reichart .... music scoring mixer
 
Other crew
Marie Barré .... location scout
Lysiane Biagini .... location scout
Agnès Chabot .... press attache
Sylvia Pain .... administrator
Emmanuel Dehaene .... additional location assistant (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Rois et reine" - France (original title)
"Kings and Queen" - International (English title)
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Runtime:
France:150 min | USA:150 min | Argentina:150 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi was first considered for the role of Nora.See more »
Quotes:
Nora Cotterelle:There are four men I loved. I killed two of them.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Notorious (1946)See more »
Soundtrack:
Pavane pour une Infante défunteSee more »

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8 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Wildly unedited but consistently engaging, 23 April 2005
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

(San Francisco Film Festival showing, March 22, 2005) An amazing if somewhat indigestible film, Desplechin's KINGS AND QUEEN (Rois et reine) is a genre-bending family drama that alternates wired comedy with solemn tragedy, in particular nutty violist Ismaël's (Mathieu Amalric's) tax problems and sudden third-party commitment to a mental hospital and ex-girlfriend Nora's (Emmanuelle Devos') discovery that her writer father is dying of advanced stomach cancer. Meanwhile Nora is haunted by memories of the father of her young son Elias (Valentin Lelong), is about to marry a rich "gangster," and other relatives wander in and out of a tumultuous narrative which alternates present tense scenes with flashbacks, dreams and fantasies. Buffoonery and melodrama, which are sometimes hard to separate, turn out to work well together as director Desplechin modestly points out is true of Shakespeare, whose King Lear may have given him the idea for the brutal, vindictive final letter Nora's father, Louis Jenssens (Maurice Garrel) leaves for her. The audience at the SFFF cheered a gratuitous sequence where Ismaël's father Abel (Jean-Paul Roussillon) singlehandedly subdues three punks trying to rob his convenience store while Ismaël looks on with terror. In the next scene, father and son are lifting weights together at a health club. The plan by Abel, who was himself adopted, to adopt a man who's lived with him and his wife for years, over the protests of his adult children, rhymes palpably with the question of Ismaël's adopting Elias, who doesn't like Nora's new man, Jean-Jacques (Olivier Rabourdin). The long scene where Ismaël explains to Elias why he can't adopt him, while they walk through a museum, is one of a number of tours de force.

Secondary characters in this overwritten but always entertaining drama make themselves hard to forget though buffoonery in the case of the Ismaël's junkie lawyer (Hypolytte Girardot); though their neediness, in the case of Arielle, "la Chinoise" a flirtatious 'princess' at the psych hospital, (Magalie Woch) or Nora's sister down-and-out Chloé, (Nathalie Boutefeu); bitchiness in the case of Ismaë's sister. Ismaël's usual shrink is a huge African grande dame; he gets his entrance exam and his walking papers at the hospital from none other than Catherine Deneuve (whose iciness and soulfulness would be an unforgettable blend even if she were not already one of the world's most beautiful sixty-somethings). The women are goddesses, bitches, or queens. Ismaël says women have no souls; but the story's main men are talented but narcissistic problem children. Elias seems poised to grow up into one of those too. Most of the acting is remarkable, or at the very least arresting. The mercurial Amalric and lovely Devos completely live up to their top billing. Still, even their parts might have done with some trimming back.

The movie comes with allusions to Leda and the Swan, Nietsche, Yeats, Emily Dickenson, and a large number of musical references including rap (and a break dancing demo by Ismaël at the mental hospital), Klezmer, Randy Newman and, as a framing device, Moon River. Suspicions that there may be too much going on here are stifled by sheer pleasure in the drama of it all.

Six César nominations in France, where it opened in late 2004.

The title may refer to Shakespeare's plays, or to the way paterfamilias are seen by their children. "Kings and Queen" is wildly unedited and at 2 ½ hours definitely too long; Desplechin even acknowledged repeatedly that his answers to questions after the SFFF showing were too long too. But his inability to edit his work down may be hard to separate from his unique flavor and charm. Desplechin wrote the excellent screenplay for "Un monde sans pitié" ("A World Without Pity," 1989) the story of a fascinating young loser. "Desplechin is a wonder with actresses, at least as long as they're with him: Devos' character is close enough to 'My Sex Life' star and former Desplechin paramour Mariane Denicourt that she responded to the movie with a retaliatory roman à clef," writes Sam Adams in the Philadelphia City Paper. A question about this contretemps met with a flurry of interesting doubletalk from the soft-spoken director.

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