Kings and Queen Movie Review 2004

Information and Film Reviews for Kings and Queen the Movie

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French portrait of seemingly ordinary life, steeped with hints at a dark reality that refuses to admit the truth. Nora is a dwice-divorced, hip, intelligent art gallery owner, and mother to an 11-year-old boy. She's now engaged to a very rich man, and has a father dying of stomach cancer. A standard set-up to any Hollywood melodrama, but Hollywood doesn't exist in France. Therefore, Nora may not care about any of them the way we think she should. Ismael is Nora's most recent lover, stuck in a mental institution only because of poor judgment. These characters talk for real, and walk right past the emotional traps that any Hollywood screenplay might fall into. Stunning conclusion leaves an almost dirty taste in the mouth.


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Available on DVD
Running time 150 minutes.
Originally from French.

Cast and Crew

Family Drama, Adoption & Orphans, Mental Hospitals, Dads, France, Suicide, Widows & Widowers
Arnaud Desplechin, Roger Bohbot
Emmanuelle Devos, Mathieu Amalric, Catherine Deneuve, Magali Woch, Olivier Rabourdin, Maurice Garrel, Nathalie Boutefeu, Hippolyte Girardot, Joachim Salinger
Eric Gautier
Arnaud Desplechin
Jean-Pierre Laforce, Christian Monheim, Laurence Briaud, Nathalie Raoul, Dan Bevan
Pascal Caucheteux, Why Not Productions, France 2 Cinema, Rhone Alps Cinema

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