LA MOUSTACHE
THE MOUSTACHE

Director: Emmanuel Carrère

Screenplay: Jérôme Beaujour, Emmanuel Carrère

Cast:
Marc: Vincent Lindon
Agnès: Emmanuelle Devos
Serge : Mathieu Amalric
Bruno: Hippolyte Girardot

Awards:
FIPRESCI Prize, Chicago International Film Festival (2005)
Label Europa Cinemas Prize, Cannes Film Festival (2005)

Running time: 86’
Production: France, 2005
Rating: Not Rated
Gauge: 35mm, DVD (color)
Genre: Drama

Distributor: The Cinema Guild

 




"Carrère evokes the feeling that glitches can occur in the ways the universe operates that are far beyond human comprehension, with the suggestion that the Parisian haute bourgeoisie, so confident and smug in its sense of self-control and superiority, could scarcely be more vulnerable to the irrational."
Kevin Thomas, Los angeles Times.

Marc is a sucessful architect who has a wonderful relationship with his wife Agnès. As the couple prepares to join some friends for dinner, Marc impulsively shaves off the moustache he’s worn his entire adult life. He is hoping to surprise his friends and his wife. However, no one at the dinner table notices the difference and everyone insists Marc hasn't worn a moustache for years, if ever. First he thinks he is being tricked by an elaborate group plot – both his friends and his coworkers aren’t making allusions to his former hairy upper lip and Marc plunges into tormented perplexity. Asking his wife to stop the charade, she assures him he never had a moustache. Marc is desperate and explodes in frustration. He even assumes that his wife has lost her mind. When other elements of his life begin to slip away, Agnè sand his friends mutually suspect him to become crazy and conspire to have him committed to a psychiatric facility.

 
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