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Les fantômes d'Ismaël (2017)

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The story follows a filmmaker whose life is sent into a tailspin by the return of a former lover just as he is about to embark on the shoot of a new film.

Director:

Arnaud Desplechin

Writers:

Arnaud Desplechin (scenario & dialogue), Julie Peyr (scenario & dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mathieu Amalric ... Ismaël Vuillard
Marion Cotillard ... Carlotta Bloom
Charlotte Gainsbourg ... Sylvia
Louis Garrel ... Ivan Dedalus
Alba Rohrwacher ... Arielle / Faunia
László Szabó ... Henri Bloom
Hippolyte Girardot ... Zwy
Jacques Nolot ... Claverie
Catherine Mouchet ... Le médecin soins intensifs
Samir Guesmi ... Le médecin
Mélodie Richard Mélodie Richard
Marc Prin Marc Prin ... Jacques (Diplomate 1)
Bruno Todeschini ... Responsable sécurité Tadjikistan
Pascal Ternisien Pascal Ternisien ... Robert (Diplomate 2)
Philippe Fretun Philippe Fretun ... Mathieu (Diplomate 3)
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Storyline

Twenty-one years ago, she ran away. And twenty-one years later, Carlotta (Marion Cotillard) is back from the void. But Ismael (Mathieu Amalric) has been busy rebuilding a life for himself with Sylvia (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and working on his next feature film. As Ismael's trials and tribulations unfurl, so too do those of his film's protagonist: the idle, funny and reckless diplomat Ivan Dédalus (Louis Garrel). The character is a nod to the ghost of another of Desplechin's creations, the brother of Paul Dédalus, three-time hero of "My Sex Life - or How I Got Into an Argument," "A Christmas Tale" and "My Golden Days." A film within a film - and then some, Desplechin layers narrative upon narrative. With ISMAEL'S GHOSTS, Desplechin returns once more to the past, creating film after film as his way of stepping back in time, and proving yet again that his brand of genius lies in his ability to find light in the darkest of places. Written by Magnolia Pictures

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Rated R for sexuality including some graphic nudity, language, and brief strong violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

23 March 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ismael's Ghosts See more »

Filming Locations:

Roubaix, Nord, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,158, 25 March 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$102,510, 24 May 2018
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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I have never seen so many people leave the cinema
17 March 2018 | by jdrennan13See all my reviews

As many have said, the premise of this film is very good, but it is lost in a mess of structure that would shame must university film society. It is a number of stories within a story, which lose momentum as the film continues. The main plot is the sudden reappearance of a film maker's wife after an absence of 21 years, but this is submerged by unnecessary interludes.

I watched the film at the French Film Festival in Sydney, and throughout the film people trickled out, not returning. What kept me was the excellent acting as ever from Cotillard and Gainsbourg, but you honestly wonder why and how they signed up for such a messy screenplay.

If this film was a blind date, it would talk erratically at you for nearly two hours, then leave abruptly for no reason. Avoid.


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