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  • Summary: Mademoiselle Chambon is an elegant, moving tale of an unexpected romance between a married man and his son’s homeroom teacher — and their attempt to keep their desires from turning into a full-blown affair. (Lorber Films)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    100
    The simplest of stories can be elevated by first-rate acting and directing. Consider Stephane Brize's Mademoiselle Chambon, a French film that achieves a subtle but devastating impact.
  2. 100
    People fall in love in every country, but nowhere is the experience put on film with the flawless style, empathy and emotion the French provide. Mademoiselle Chambon is the latest in that line of deeply moving romances, an exquisite chamber piece made with the kind of sensitivity and nuance that's become almost a lost art.
  3. Lindon is a strong, sensitive actor, heir to the stoic French working-class tradition of Jean Gabin and Lino Ventura. And not enough can be said for Kiberlain, an actress willing to be seen in all her ranges.
  4. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    80
    Mademoiselle Chambon offers a touching, soft-spoken portrait of two adults fighting to contain their carnal passions from spilling over into a full-blown affair.
  5. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    80
    Discretely drawn and elegantly photographed, Mademoiselle Chambon gives a French, working-class love triangle the "Brief Encounter" treatment.
  6. 75
    There's a restraint to Mademoiselle Chambon that's more English than French. Emotions get repressed more often than expressed.
  7. 50
    Although it deals with some monumental themes, Mademoiselle Chambon also feels wispy and inconsequential.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Aug 13, 2010
    9
    An incredibly moving film. It made me feel similarly to the way I felt after watching The Age of Innocence. It's that forbidden love thing - and the impropriety of doing what you want to do when society and its rules frown on your doing so. There's not a ton of action or dialogue in this film, but every scene and every movement is important. Expand

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