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  • Summary: Adapted from his own novel, Emmanuel Carrere directs an engrossing existential thriller, a story about a man who inadvertently loses himself. [Cinema Guild]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Emmanuel Carrère's witty, elegant La Moustache is a deliciously unsettling, beautifully sustained enigma, a film of much beauty and flawless performances, especially from Vincent Lindon in one of his most demanding roles.
  2. 88
    Comes on as both a rebuke to male vanity and a chic metaphor for midlife panic.
  3. A successful novelist and restrained actor's director, Carrére makes the transformation of a silly marital argument into a cosmic upheaval look easy, and profound as well.
  4. 75
    La Moustache recalls the "everyday suspense" films of Roman Polanski and the existential woe of Michelangelo Antonioni, but it isn't as strange or penetrating as the former, or as artfully shot as the latter.
  5. It's a broad generality to say that French filmmakers have a particularly perverse sensibility, but it can be backed up by one import after another. The latest, La Moustache, is wonderfully odd in a minimalist kind of way.
  6. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    70
    Viewers who like their conclusions tidy may rebel, but those who relish outstanding performances in the service of an intriguing idea will be entertained.
  7. Have Marc's friends tricked him with a conspiracy of silence, or was that mustache a growth only in his mind? The filmmaker has said there is no intended meaning to any of this, so search for it for your own amusement.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. RonC.
    Sep 1, 2007
    10
    Excelent movie that questions reality and relationships. Do not look for the "meaning" of the mustache, just enjoy the mystery.
  2. JodieJ.
    Aug 26, 2006
    10
    This film was haunting and memorable. I can't wait to see it again.
  3. LloydM.
    Jan 19, 2007
    9
    Arresting and resonant; although I disagree with Stuart W., I loved his simile.
  4. SteveB
    Jan 3, 2008
    7
    Shades of Fellini, but not quite so frustrating. La Moustache is definitely no nonentity, nor is it memorable. It was an admirable project with some good moments. Stick it out and you will appreciate a picture about a couple experiencing a strange hallucinatory moment in their marriage. Hollywood could use a lesson here. Expand
  5. StuartW.
    Jul 15, 2006
    3
    This film appeals to the artsy-fartsy set still believing French Films are de rigour. La Moustache a failed souffle; and as exasperating as finding a hair in your soup. Expand
  6. StephenC.
    Jul 17, 2006
    1
    Pretentious storytelling with no story to tell, on the premise that muddling a nonentity makes it profound. Possibly the most boring movie I have ever watched. Expand
  7. LarryG
    Jan 18, 2009
    1
    Over the river and through the woods to nowhere.

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