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Mademoiselle Chambon (2009)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  28 May 2010 (USA)
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Jean, his loving wife and son live a simple, happy life. At his son's homeroom teacher Madamoiselle Chambon's request, he volunteers as substitute teacher and starts to fall for her ... See full summary »

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Jean-Marc Thibault ...
Le père de Jean
Arthur Le Houérou ...
Jérémy
Bruno Lochet ...
Collègue de Jean 1
Abdellah Moundy ...
Collègue de Jean 2 (as Abdallah Moundy)
Michelle Goddet ...
La directrice de l'école
Anne Houdy ...
La commerciale des pompes funèbres
Geneviève Mnich ...
La mère de Véronique (voice)
Florence Hautier ...
Soeur de Jean 1
Jocelyne Monier ...
Soeur de Jean 2
Jean-François Malet ...
Le beau-frère
Maxence Lavergne ...
Elève classe de Jérémy
Philomène Pagnier ...
Elève classe de Jérémy
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Jean, his loving wife and son live a simple, happy life. At his son's homeroom teacher Madamoiselle Chambon's request, he volunteers as substitute teacher and starts to fall for her delicate and elegant charm. His ordinary life between family and work starts to falter. Written by Pusan International Film Festival

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€3,900,000 (estimated)

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$26,337 (USA) (4 June 2010)

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$530,369 (USA) (24 December 2010)
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Quel joli temps (septembre)
Lyrics by Sophie Makhno (as Françoise Lo)
Music by Barbara
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The Quiet Ache of Infatuation
21 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

MADEMOISELLE CHAMBON is a delicate, quiet interlude in the life of a construction worker in a little village whose gentle life is momentarily disrupted by the awakening of feelings of infatuation and the aftermath. Based on the novel by Eric Holder and adapted for the screen by Florence Vignon and director Stéphane Brizé, this little miracle of a movie is what the French do best - understated appreciation for passing passion in a world of ordinary days.

Jean (Vincent Lindon) is a construction worker happily married to Anne-Marie (Aure Atika) and adoring father of young son Jérémy (Arthur Le Houérou) and loving son of his retired builder father (Jean-Marc Thibault): he spends his hours away from his work tutoring his son with his wife and bathing his father's feet. Jérémy's new schoolteacher is the very reserved but kind Véronique Chambon (Sandrine Kiberlain, in life the wife of Vincent Lindon!) who requests that Jean speak to her class about his occupation as a builder - an assignment Jean is flattered to accept. The presentation goes well and Véronique hesitantly asks Jean to repair a window in her home. Jean accepts the job (Anne-Marie thinks it is such a kind gesture that she asks Jean to invite Véronique to lunch). Jean replaces the window for the quietly reserved and anxious Véronique, and afterward Jean, noticing that Véronique plays the violin, requests she play for him a 'tune'. It is obvious that the peripatetic teacher is lonely, and it is also obvious that Jean is struck by the fact that a woman of education and musical talent would pay attention to a simple construction worker. In a weak moment the two exchange a kiss and that kiss alters the manner in which each of these two gentle people react to life. The results of this chance encounter play out in the conclusion of the story, a story so tender and yet so grounded in the realities of life that it takes the viewer by the heart and doesn't let go.

The many varying moments of intimacy, whether those moments are between Jean and his son, Jean and his father, Jean and his wife, and Jean with Mademoiselle Chambon, are photographed like paintings by cinematographer Antoine Héberlé. The entire cast is excellent and the performances by the five leading actors are superb. The musical score consists of original music by Ange Ghinozzi with a generous sampling of music by Sir Edward Elgar and others. This frail bouquet of a film appreciates silence, the unspoken word, and the natural emotions of ordinary people living ordinary lives. It is a multifaceted treasure.

Grady Harp


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