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La moustache (2005)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery | 6 July 2005 (France)
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, for the 15 years they've been married, ... See full summary »

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Emmanuel Carrère

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Lindon ... Marc Thiriez
Emmanuelle Devos ... Agnès Thiriez
Mathieu Amalric ... Serge Schaeffer
Hippolyte Girardot ... Bruno
Cylia Malki ... Samira
Macha Polikarpova Macha Polikarpova ... Nadia Schaeffer
Fantine Camus Fantine Camus ... Lara Schaeffer
Frédéric Imberty Frédéric Imberty ... Patron café
Brigitte Bémol ... Policière
Denis Ménochet ... Serveur
Franck Richard Franck Richard ... Chauffeur taxi
Elizabeth Marre Elizabeth Marre ... Hôtesse Roissy
Teresa Li Teresa Li ... Caissière ferry-boat
Hin-Wai Au Hin-Wai Au ... Contrôleur passeport
Gary Kuo Chan Chung Gary Kuo Chan Chung ... Employé aéroport
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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, for the 15 years they've been married, she's never known him without his 'stache. He shaves it off anyway, but when he sees his wife, she doesn't notice, neither do their friends at dinner that night, neither do his co-workers. Marc finally flips out, shouts at everyone, tells them he's tired of their little joke, and what do they really think. His wife and co-workers are appalled, what is he talking about, he's never had a mustache. In fact, he's imagining other things as well, or is he? Written by poco loco

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Drama | Mystery

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Pathé [France]

Country:

France

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French | English | Cantonese

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6 July 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A bajusz See more »

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Opening Weekend:

$319,216 (France), 22 July 2005
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1.85 : 1
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9 June 2013 | by samskara7See all my reviews

This is a strange story of mental illness (at least that's how I chose to interpret it). A man, Marc, gradually loses his grip on reality after shaving his mustache that was always there as part of his look as a man (or at least he thinks it was). The movie is seen through Marc's perspective which makes it difficult to discern reality from his bouts of schizophrenic hallucinations.

At some points the movie reminds me of Lost Highway in the manner with which it represented the split of the protagonist (or rather a metamorphosis) into two different characters. In La Moustache the split happens at the level of the "life" of the protagonist, his world is constantly subjected to transformations, while he more or less stays the same. However in LH we can discern the "true" part of the protagonist from his "imagined" part. That distinction is impossible in La Moustache ; we don't know where his madness starts and where it ends. He is a total mess, and it is upon this ambiguity that everything we see is built.

All in all, this movie was a really nice surprise that I highly enjoyed and that I recommend for fans of Lynch, Cronenberg and psychological thrillers/dramas.


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