La Moustache

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  • NR
  • 2005
  • 1 hr 27 min
  • 6.6  (5,509)
  • 71

La Moustache is a French psychological drama film directed by Emmanuel Carrère, based on his own novel of the same name. The movie stars Vincent Lindon, Emmanuelle Devos, and Mathieu Amalric, who all deliver excellent performances. The story follows Marc Thiriez (Lindon), a successful and reserved middle-aged man who has been sporting a mustache for most of his adult life. One day, he decides to shave it off as a surprise for his wife Agnes (Devos) and friends who have known him with facial hair. However, when he shows them his new look, none of them notice that he has done anything different, thus making him question his sanity and the reality of his own identity.

Marc's journey of self-discovery takes him down a dark and unsettling road as he becomes increasingly obsessed with the idea of his mustache and its significance in his life. He starts to doubt his own memory and perception of the world around him, leading to a psychological breakdown that threatens to destroy his relationships with those closest to him.

Devos plays the role of Agnes, Marc's wife, who is caught in the middle of her husband's turmoil. She is initially skeptical of his claims about the missing mustache but becomes increasingly concerned as his behavior becomes more erratic. Devos gives a nuanced and emotional portrayal of a woman struggling to understand and support her husband through a crisis she cannot fully comprehend.

Amalric plays Serge, one of Marc's friends, who becomes a key player in Marc's unraveling. Serge is charming, manipulative, and mysterious, and Amalric plays him with just the right amount of enigma and danger.

The film is beautifully shot, capturing the picturesque streets of Paris and the eerie atmosphere of Marc's growing madness. The sound design is also noteworthy, as it emphasizes the importance of sound in Marc's perception of reality.

Throughout the film, the audience is left to wonder whether Marc is truly experiencing a psychological breakdown or if there is something more sinister at play. The tension builds to a satisfying conclusion that leaves the viewer with plenty to ponder.

La Moustache is a slow-burning and introspective film that explores themes of identity, memory, and perception. Its strong performances and haunting atmosphere make for a compelling and thought-provoking watch.

La Moustache is a 2005 thriller with a runtime of 1 hour and 27 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.6 and a MetaScore of 71.

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