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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 »
User Reviews:
A perfect film in every single way. 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:
Visa d'exploitation en France #102243See more »
Quotes:
Nora Cotterelle:There are four men I loved. I killed two of them.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Trust the Man (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Do U RememberSee more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A perfect film in every single way., 26 January 2009
Author: dead47548 from United States

Kings & Queen is the first film I've seen from writer/director Arnaud Desplechin, but I can already tell that he is a master director and, perhaps even moreso, a master storyteller. This is a film filled with an ensemble of highly complex, emotional, tragic, comedic, realistic, compelling and human characters. As an outsider into the universe that Desplechin creates these people seem normal in most ways, but what makes them so real is that in each character's head they are the focal point of their universe. Which is an obvious thing to say since that's true about every human being, but it's rarely demonstrated in films. Most films feel like they are their own universe and the characters are just people in that universe, moving along as characters and not necessarily their own personal worlds. That isn't the case here, though, as all of these people maneuver as their own individual universes inside of the overall scope that Desplechin as masterfully created. They aren't just one-note characters; they are their own kings and queens of their world, if you will.

This film focuses on two very different characters going through two very different stories. Nora (Emmanuelle Devos) is a woman who is faced with many grueling dilemmas. She is living with a history of loss and pain, and only gets more of this as she learns that her father has bowel cancer and only a few more days to live. Along with this she has to try and manage her son from her first marriage and her upcoming third marriage to a new man who her son doesn't like. There is so much on her plate, yet she always tries to keep her emotions in check and tries to keep a joy in her life. This bleak, emotional melodrama is split with the character of Ismaël (Mathieu Amalric) who is her polar opposite. Ismaël, Nora's second husband, is someone with no harshness in his life. He has a sort of magic around him at all times, no matter what state his life is in. He too is facing hard times. The IRS is attacking him and we are introduced to the character as two men from a psychiatric hospital show up at his doorstep and drag him away to their hospital. This story is filled with immense life and highly absurd comedy, which is a perfect mix for the painful melodrama of Nora's journey.

One of the many geniuses of Kings & Queen is how Desplechin weaves these two different stories together so seamlessly. Not only do the characters feel remarkably real, but they feel as if they belong to the same universe. It's so rare these days to find an ensemble film where everything fits into the same world, instead of these big chunks of different characters that feel as if they are just mashed together from completely separate films but the writer/director tries to put them all together. Films like that always feel bloated and awkward as they transition from one entirely different universe to another. Kings & Queen features two highly unique types of journeys, but the transitions are never awkward and the film is never bloated. Whenever we are watching Nora, in the back of our minds we are still thinking about where Ismaël is on his journey through the film. And likewise, whenever we are watching Ismaël, we are thinking about Nora as well. This is a huge compliment to Desplechin as it is the perfect example for how he puts these people in the same universe, instead of entirely different films.

Devos and Amalric lead a highly impressive ensemble cast through this epic journey of tragedy and comedy. Everyone helps Desplechin in making their characters so rich and alive. You can tell that each actor has put a long history inside of their roles that we only get to see a portion of throughout the course of the film. Mathieu Amalric is an absolute revelation a, and easily the most remarkable of the cast. I wouldn't hesitate to go so far as to say that it's one of the best performances I've ever seen. He is filled with charisma and life, but also with a hint of insanity just below the surface. His Ismaël is an extremely bipolar narcissist who greatly impacts everyone that comes across. I can safely say that I've never seen a performance like it and that he dazzled me for every moment he was on screen. Emmanuelle Devos is almost as impressive, bringing so much emotion to a point just below the surface where you can tell how much everything is affecting the character but she holds it down for most of the film, so that the scenes where she lets that emotion pour out are much more compelling and say a lot more about her character at that time in the story.

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