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100
The simplest of stories can be elevated by first-rate acting and directing. Consider Stephane Brize's Mademoiselle Chambon, a French film that achieves a subtle but devastating impact.
100
People fall in love in every country, but nowhere is the experience put on film with the flawless style, empathy and emotion the French provide. Mademoiselle Chambon is the latest in that line of deeply moving romances, an exquisite chamber piece made with the kind of sensitivity and nuance that's become almost a lost art.
90
This small, nearly perfect film is a reminder that personal upheavals are as consequential in people's lives as shattering world events.
88
Working from a well-thought-out script co-written by director Stéphane Brizé, the two stars deliver impressive, understated performances.
85
NPR
As its brilliantly choreographed -- and appropriately modest -- climax proves, given the right ingredients, even the simplest story can leave you gasping.
80
Variety
Mademoiselle Chambon offers a touching, soft-spoken portrait of two adults fighting to contain their carnal passions from spilling over into a full-blown affair.
80
Village Voice
Discretely drawn and elegantly photographed, Mademoiselle Chambon gives a French, working-class love triangle the "Brief Encounter" treatment.
60
A train station finale is textbook tearjerker territory, but it still teems with exquisite sorrow.
60
Boxoffice Magazine
Offers the kind of intimate, naturalistic look at human interaction that recalls the heyday of Eric Rohmer.
50
Miami Herald
Although it deals with some monumental themes, Mademoiselle Chambon also feels wispy and inconsequential.

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