Mademoiselle Chambon NR

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An elegant, moving tale of an unexpected romance between a married man (Vincent Lindon) and his son's homeroom teacher (Sandrine Kiberlain, Lindon's former wife) -- and their attempt to keep their desires from turning into a full-blown affair. A modern-day BRIEF ENCOUNTER crafted with enormous grace and subtlety by acclaimed French director Stéphane Brizé (I AM NOT HERE TO BE LOVED, AMONG ADULTS).

Starring:
Vincent Lindon, Sandrine Kiberlain
Runtime:
1 hour 41 minutes

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Genres Drama, Romance, International
Director Stéphane Brizé
Starring Vincent Lindon, Sandrine Kiberlain
Supporting actors Aure Atika, Jean-Marc Thibault, Arthur Le Houérou, Bruno Lochet, Abdellah Moundy, Michelle Goddet, Anne Houdy, Geneviève Mnich, Florence Hautier, Jocelyne Monier, Jean-François Malet, Maxence Lavergne, Philomène Pagnier, Chloé Brun, Nora Guernoun, Thomas Mignot
Studio Lorber Films
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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There is a lot that can be said yet there is nothing to be said at the same time.
Margaret Opine
The unspoken love settled with the conflicting emotions of having the responsibility of a family has caused Jean to reevaluate his life.
Jimmy Kim
I had about enough of insipid romance dramas that lack any true emotion and appear contrived.
Z Hayes

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 21, 2010
Format: DVD
MADEMOISELLE CHAMBON is a delicate, quiet interlude in the life of a construction worker in a little village whose gentle life is momentarily disrupted by the awakening of feelings of infatuation and the aftermath. Based on the novel by Eric Holder and adapted for the screen by Florence Vignon and director Stéphane Brizé, this little miracle of a movie is what the French do best - understated appreciation for passing passion in a world of ordinary days.

Jean (Vincent Lindon) is a construction worker happily married to Anne-Marie (Aure Atika) and adoring father of young son Jérémy (Arthur Le Houérou) and loving son of his retired builder father (Jean-Marc Thibault): he spends his hours away from his work tutoring his son with his wife and bathing his father's feet. Jérémy's new schoolteacher is the very reserved but kind Véronique Chambon (Sandrine Kiberlain, in life the wife of Vincent Lindon!) who requests that Jean speak to her class about his occupation as a builder - an assignment Jean is flattered to accept. The presentation goes well and Véronique hesitantly asks Jean to repair a window in her home. Jean accepts the job (Anne-Marie thinks it is such a kind gesture that she asks Jean to invite Véronique to lunch). Jean replaces the window for the quietly reserved and anxious Véronique, and afterward Jean, noticing that Véronique plays the violin, requests she play for him a 'tune'. It is obvious that the peripatetic teacher is lonely, and it is also obvious that Jean is struck by the fact that a woman of education and musical talent would pay attention to a simple construction worker.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 13, 2011
Format: DVD
Movies like Mademoiselle Chambon restores my faith in modern cinema. I had about enough of insipid romance dramas that lack any true emotion and appear contrived. When this movie title popped up as a recommended watch on Netflix, I thought I'd give it a try. This is one of those movies that stay with you long after the credits have rolled. It will appeal to those who appreciate a narrative that unfolds at leisure, taking its time to develop the characters, where there may appear to be too many long scenes of nothing much happening, but everything is done in a manner so as to convey the very real emotions experienced by the main characters.

The story centers on Jean (Vincent Lindon), a happily-married family man whose life is devoted to work (in construction) and his family, consisting of his wife Anne-Marie (Aure Atika), who works in a factory, their young son Jeremy (Arthur Le Houerou), and Jean's aging father. Everything seems to be clicking along fine, though the viewer senses life for Jean has settled into an all too familiar and monotonous rhythm. When Jean goes to pick up his son from school one afternoon, he meets Jeremy's teacher, willowy, sad-looking Veronique Chambon (Sandrine Kiberlain). She asks if Jean would be kind enough to talk to the children about his work, and he hesitantly agrees. During the presentation, one senses some sort of attraction developing between the two, and this attraction develops when Jean agrees to fix Veronique's broken window. It is at her apartment that Jean discovers Veronique's talent for playing the violin, and the haunting strains of her playing, with her back to Jean, cements the strong attraction between the two.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By byl on November 29, 2010
Format: DVD
Saw this wonderful film at the City of Lights, City of Angels (COL/COA) French Film Festival in Los Angeles last spring, and I have been waiting until now for it to be available on Blu-Ray. If I can use a metaphor, watching this movie is like enjoying a wonderful French pastry...just sweet enough, with wonderful flavors, where often American romantic films can be compared to a Hostess donut. I am hesitant to give much in terms of description...check IMDB.com for one. I will just say that I was in a theater with hardened cineastes reduced to tears when this wonderful, romantic movie was over. I have been doing missionary work getting all of my friends to see this movie, and now with it coming to DVD and Blu-Ray, my work will be much easier.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Promise on July 16, 2012
Format: DVD
This is a simple story--a burly, middle aged construction worker in a small Provincial French town becomes enchanted by his son's school teacher. He is an average, blue collar guy, his father was a construction worker before him; his wife works in a factory. She comes from Paris, seems to come from an educated but cold family. He washes his father's feet, helps him pick out a casket, plans his birthday party....he is firmly rooted in his family. She is pale, slender, a will-of-the-wisp, going from job to job, never staying in one place very long. Opposites attract and combust and we see how each person chooses to play it out.

The charm of the film is how well done it is. It's underplayed...not a lot of dialogue....very subtle, very French. The actors are wonderful, the settings are lovely, the music is perfect. The whole film is exquisite. I highly recommend it.
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