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Expertly mixing comedy, tragedy and melodrama, Kings and Queen tells the story of two former lovers who find their lives linked once again, inexplicably. Nora (Emmanuelle Devos) is a 35-year old art gallery director and single mother who has been unlucky in love until now when she meets a successful businessman. When a crisis occurs, Nora must track down her ex-husband, Ismaël (Mathieu Amalric) a disheveled neurotic musician who has descended into a comic nighmare and is mistakenly committed to a mental hospital under the control of a steely clinical psychiatrist (Catherine Deneuve). As their worlds collide, the stage is set for a truly unforgettable ending. Internationally acclaimed director Arnaud Desplechin (Esther Kahn, My Sex Life ) presents an exhilarating new film that is one of the best reviewed movies of the year.
A film can be smart and subtle and still be a roller coaster ride. Case in point: Kings and Queen; Arnaud Desplechin's brilliant, exhilarating movie never takes a predictable turn. We follow two people along mostly parallel paths: Nora (Emmanuelle Devos, from Read My Lips), a chic gallery owner with an ailing father and an impending marriage, and Ismael (Mathieu Amalric), a hyperactive musician who's been sent to a psychiatric hospital against his will. The story of the self-contained Nora can be as scorching as an Ingmar Bergman movie (especially late in the film), while daffy Ismael's tale is a screwball comedy at times--complete with a droll Catherine Deneuve as his bemused doctor. Desplechin's How I Got Into an Argument (My Sex Life) was one of the best European films of the 1990s (also starring Amalric and Devos), and he is gifted with a sure sense of human behavior as well as cinematic dexterity.. Rarely have so many scenes of people talking in rooms flown by so quickly. Movies need not travel to exotic locales to summon up an adventure, and this is film adventuring of a high order. --Robert Horton
This film is so very French and so very fabulous. It's drama laced with comedy, poetry, and paradox. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jodie Simone
This is a wonderful movie, intelligent, thrilling, philosophical...It's a great story and a deep psychological study of the main character played by the divine Devos. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a brilliant, unusual, tragic, funny, and complex film that delineates characters and family dynamics we've encountered in real life, that I've never seen portrayed on film... Read morePublished on March 29, 2011 by James La France
I buy films for the local Alliance Francaise, and this is one of them. If you're a fan of Emmanuelle Devos, you may like this film more than I did. Read morePublished on May 26, 2010 by Paul Kao
In the theme of Kelly Clarkson's BECAUSE OF YOU, on breaking the chain, found humor, insights and inspiration for the journey.Published on March 4, 2008 by Markus Youssef
This movie is like the foreign film equivalent of a bad Hollywood action movie, but instead of car chases, fight scenes, and an endless stream of explosions, there are unconvincing... Read morePublished on January 2, 2008 by John Caruso
I found KINGS AND QUEEN to be long and tedious. I think the film attempts to be too many things at once and its scattered focus is not as avant garde as it is irritating. Read morePublished on October 15, 2007 by Alan E.
This highly eccentric, character-driven melodrama by France's most intelligent young director is built upon the marvelous performances of Devos and Amalric, the finest and most... Read morePublished on July 20, 2007 by John Farr