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6 July 2005 (Belgium) See more »
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Marc is sitting in his bath one morning and asks his wife, "how would you feel if I shaved off my mustache?" She doesn't think it's a great idea... See more » | Full synopsis »
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4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Ingeniously structured and passionately filmed... See more (42 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Vincent Lindon ... Marc Thiriez

Emmanuelle Devos ... Agnès Thiriez

Mathieu Amalric ... Serge Schaeffer

Hippolyte Girardot ... Bruno

Cylia Malki ... Samira
Macha Polikarpova ... Nadia Schaeffer
Fantine Camus ... Lara Schaeffer
Frédéric Imberty ... Patron café

Brigitte Bémol ... Policière

Denis Ménochet ... Serveur
Franck Richard ... Chauffeur taxi
Elizabeth Marre ... Hôtesse Roissy
Teresa Li ... Caissière ferry-boat
Hin-Wai Au ... Contrôleur passeport
Gary Chung Kuo Chan ... Employé aéroport
Perry Siu Fun Ho ... Marin
Hung Siu ... Homme tai chi
Hei Poon Yuen ... Réceptionniste hôtel
Hélène Devynck ... Amie du casino

Jérôme Bertin ... Ami du casino
Camille Cotte ... Opératrice France Télécom (voice)
Pierre Pachet ... Père de Marc (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Thierry Roland ... TV soccer commentator (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Emmanuel Carrère 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jérôme Beaujour 
Emmanuel Carrère  novel
Emmanuel Carrère  screenplay

Produced by
Romain Le Grand .... associate producer
Elliot Tong .... associate producer
Anne-Dominique Toussaint .... producer
 
Original Music by
Philip Glass (musical composition by)
 
Cinematography by
Patrick Blossier 
 
Film Editing by
Camille Cotte 
 
Casting by
Sylvie Brocheré 
 
Production Design by
Françoise Dupertuis 
 
Set Decoration by
Marie-Laure Valla 
 
Costume Design by
Elisabeth Tavernier 
 
Makeup Department
Catherine George .... key makeup artist
Heidy Chun Sau Ha .... makeup artist: Hong Kong
Eric Monteil .... key hair stylist
 
Production Management
Matthieu Bled .... assistant unit manager
Matthieu Bled .... post-production manager
Stanley Wan Sze Chan .... associate production manager: Hong Kong
Jean-Pierre Giudice .... unit production manager
Antoine Moussault .... unit production manager
Paviel Raymont .... assistant production manager
Philippe Saal .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Raphaëlle Bruyas .... second assistant director
Clothilde Carenco .... trainee assistant director
Julian Chiu .... second assistant director: Hong Kong
Claire Galloy .... assistant director: location unit
Elizabeth Marre .... first assistant director
Julien Prudhomme .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Cécile Claveries .... key painter
Chabrand Gilles .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Christophe Bourreau .... foley artist
Yannick Coutheron .... dialogue editor
Emmanuel Croset .... sound mixer
Vincent Goujon .... boom operator
Hervé Guyader .... chief sound editor
Laurent Poirier .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bruno Bimbard .... generator operator
Eric Blanckaert .... second assistant camera
Alice Capronnier .... first assistant camera
Mathieu Caudroy .... Steadicam operator
Nathalie Eno .... still photographer
Perry Ho .... best boy grip
Bob Lévy .... additional grip
Rachid Madaoui .... gaffer
Olivier Pont .... video assist operator
Didier Versolatto .... gaffer
 
Editorial Department
Lise Courtès .... trainee assistant editor
Mathilde Cousin .... assistant editor
Aurélie Laumont .... color timer
 
Other crew
Samantha Baudier .... production assistant
Cathy Kerbrat .... production coordinator
Josiane Morand .... script supervisor
Jake Seal .... pre-production consultant
Jake Seal .... production consultant: Hong Kong
 
Thanks
Nathalie Bloch-Lainé .... thanks
Jérôme Seydoux .... thanks
 

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87 min
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Continuity: In several of the scenes it appears that Lindon has a small cut on his forehead - but it keeps disappearing and reappearing randomly.See more »
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Referenced in The Pack (2010)See more »

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65 out of 80 people found the following review useful.
Ingeniously structured and passionately filmed..., 19 July 2005
Author: Franck Tabouring (franckster@gmx.net) from Luxembourg

Darkness prevails already at the very beginning of 'La Moustache', Emmanuel Carrère's proper adaptation of his novel of the same title, which he published back in the 1980's. Accompanying the opening credits is Philip Glass' perfectly composed and utterly gloomy Violin Concerto, which re-emerges throughout the movie and constantly supplies the global atmosphere of the film with an ominous and bewildering touch.

Welcome to this year's most abstruse film, and eventually the most challenging psychological experiment since 'The Machinist'. Presented at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival in the 'Quinzaine des Réalisateurs' category - a category promoting abstract and rather unusual movies - 'La Moustache' follows the intricate story of Marc Thiriez (Vincent Lindon), an ordinary Parisian architect who slips into a vicious identity crisis after he spontaneously shaves off his moustache.

"How would you react if I shaved off my moustache?" Marc asks his girlfriend Agnès (Emmanuelle Devos) before they visit some friends for dinner. Her reaction is not immediate, and she simply replies "I don't know; I love you with it but I've never known you without it." So while Agnès leaves the apartment for a short time to do some shopping, Marc takes the risk and cuts off his beloved moustache, just like that, in order to see his lover's face and analyze her reaction when she returns home.

However, Marc will be severely disappointed: upon Agnès' arrival, she does not utter one single word. She seems not to notice the major physical change in Marc's face. Nor do their friends. Even Marc's colleagues at the office fail to perceive the absence of his moustache. Is he on the verge of madness? Or has he become the target of a massive conspiracy triggered by his own girlfriend? More weirdly, did he even ever have a moustache? Or was it part of some unexplainable imagination? Marc has no clue at all how to react to his baffling new situation…

When you enter the official movie website, a big question mark appears at the end of the flash intro. This question mark is totally appropriate, since it clearly illustrates what kind of movie 'La Moustache' really is: namely a confusing, puzzling drama with an open ending and a number of unexplainable twists, flashbacks and mysterious appearances by characters when you least expect it. "What is 'La Moustache' about?" is the first question of a recent online interview conducted with Emmanuel Carrère. The director himself has no answer to that crucial question.

Indeed, 'La Moustache' is one of these attention-grabbing cinematic mysteries that first baffle the spectators, and then leave them behind with a bunch of questions unanswered. There are though, in this ingeniously structured and passionately filmed movie, some easily detectable themes. For once, 'La Moustache' is an analysis of a dysfunctional couple tumbling into a conflict driven by mistrust. Marc soon accuses Agnès of plotting against him, but Agnès is deeply persuaded that Marc has in fact never had a moustache. This marks the beginning of a series of violent arguments and disputes.

Moreover, Carrère's film closely focuses on a man struggling with the inevitable loss of his personal identity. Marc is unable to distinguish between reality and imagination, and so he struggles hard to uncover the origins of the problem. He is a man all on his own against the rest of the world. In his apartment, he finds some old pictures from a vacation in Bali, all of them showing him with a moustache. But is he really the only one to see it? Is the moustache on this photo real or not? He does not know, and we do not either.

Especially the first part of 'La Moustache' is intensely compelling and dark, examining the relationship between Marc and Agnès, and closely focusing on Marc's progressive battle to keep his emotional and moral nature under control. When his consciousness slowly begins to shut down, the tension mounts as the suspense grows and the atmosphere becomes more and more threatening. Carrère has a brilliant vision, and he captures Marc's way into madness in a diverse and appealing way.

Marc is the perfect role for Vincent Lindon, whose look is continually as puzzling as the story itself. He masters his role with ideal perfection, always acting authentically. The same can be said about the brilliant Emmanuelle Devos ('La Femme de Gilles'), who delivers an enigmatic performance as Agnès. Her complex character is a true object of curiosity, and no one can trust her. Is she the evil woman ruining the mind of her partner? Or is she the reasonable person? Question marks à gogo.

The last twenty minutes of 'La Moustache', which follow Marc to Bangkok, where he repetitively embarks and disembarks ferries all day long, are quite debatable, yet very challenging. The film reaches yet another climax, takes another abrupt twist, and once again challenges us spectators by sparking our curiosity. Please do not expect a satisfying explanation towards the very ending, because 'La Moustache' ain't going to give you one. Many pieces of the puzzle remain untraceable; but that's exactly what makes this masterpiece so intriguing and unique. (Grade: B+)

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