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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 Stphane Briz (I AM NOT HERE TO BE LOVED, AMONG ADULTS).

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

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Product Details

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
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER 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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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By byl on November 29, 2010
Format: Blu-ray
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 Julio Lopez on October 7, 2011
Format: DVD
I simply loved this touching, beautiful love story. Sandrine Kimberlain is magical in the title role and Vincent Lindon had never reached this level of acting before: so far, his finest acting achievement. Slow-paced, somehow melancholic and very life convincing, the story of "unintentional" infidelity will take your emotions high. By far, one of the 10 best foreign movies to open in Chile in 2011. Don't miss it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By woodhavendad on April 20, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I loved this movie! I was not familiar with Sandrine Kiberlain prior to this film, but I really enjoyed the way she played the school teacher.
To say understated is not enough. The chemistry between her and Vincent Lindon is excellent- I later learned that they were married at one time. Basically, it is the story of Landon and his wife and son who live in a small town in France. Kiberlian is his son's teacher, who invites Lindon to speak to the son's class about his profession(contractor). Later she asks him to repair a window in her apartment, and the attraction starts. You know from the beginning this is a no win situation for all involved, but the director handles it with much sensitivity. This is the type of film that would probably not do well here in the U.S.- no car chases, no rock soundtrack or familiar Hollywood stars. Just a well acted, sensitive portrayal of everyday people caught in a real-life situation.
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