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Kings & Queen (2004)
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Parallel storylines tell the current state of affairs for two ex-lovers: Nora's a single mother who comes to care for her terminally ill father; holed in up in mental ward, Ismael, a brilliant musician, plots his escape.

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Cast

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Geoffrey Carey ...
Claude
Thierry Bosc ...
M. Mader
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Jean-Jacques
Maurice Garrel ...
Louis Jenssens
Valentin Lelong ...
Elias Cotterelle
Olivier Borle ...
Le moniteur
Didier Sauvegrain ...
Le chirurgien
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Ismaël Vuillard
François Toumarkine ...
Prospero
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Caliban
Marc Bodnar ...
Le psy de garde
Jean-Paul Roussillon ...
Abel Vuillard
Catherine Rouvel ...
Monique Vuillard
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Storyline

The stories of Nora during a brief period when her father falls ill and of Ismaël while involuntarily committed to a mental institution for observation. Nora's in her 30s and has loved four men - her son Elias, Elias's deceased father, her own father, and Ismaël, a musician given to odd behavior with whom she lived seven years. She will soon marry a businessman. Faced with her father's death, Nora seeks out Ismaël to ask that he reconnect with Elias; a great deal else roils from her past. Ismaël has his own challenges, not the least of which are his feelings toward adopting Elias and his meeting Arielle, another patient. Ismaël's surface shows a lot; Nora's, very little. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Opening Weekend:

$24,180 (USA) (20 May 2005)

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$289,592 (USA) (2 December 2005)
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Trivia

Swiss visa # 1005.091. See more »

Quotes

Nora Cotterelle: There are four men I loved. I killed two of them.
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References Notorious (1946) See more »

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Pavane pour une Infante défunte
Composed by Maurice Ravel
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A tour de force
4 June 2006 | by (Riverside, California) – See all my reviews

It starts out with a woman describing her various marriages, then, after a bit, we meet a man right before he is condemned to a mental hospital. The connections and the backstory aren't clear at the outset, but this is not at all frustrating in this film. Instead, I was captivated from the beginning. The dialogue is all top-notch, very literary but also grounded. The style of the film is quite remarkable; the two plots are expertly intertwined, and the director makes judicious use of a quick-cut technique in which he rapidly shows the viewer two, usually brief, takes of the same action or emotional reaction. The acting is very strong, and the characters are sympathetic but also, well, "complicated." Finally, the story is very poignant and at times crushing, but it also contains a wealth of little charming moments and amusing quirks. I can't really do justice to how good this movie is, though, so really, I can only say that I highly recommend it!


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