Mademoiselle Chambon


Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13

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Critic Reviews

  1. 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. This small, nearly perfect film is a reminder that personal upheavals are as consequential in people's lives as shattering world events.
  5. 88
    Working from a well-thought-out script co-written by director Stéphane Brizé, the two stars deliver impressive, understated performances.
  6. 85
    As its brilliantly choreographed -- and appropriately modest -- climax proves, given the right ingredients, even the simplest story can leave you gasping.
  7. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    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.
  8. 80
    Discretely drawn and elegantly photographed, Mademoiselle Chambon gives a French, working-class love triangle the "Brief Encounter" treatment.
  9. 75
    There's a restraint to Mademoiselle Chambon that's more English than French. Emotions get repressed more often than expressed.
  10. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Sep 19, 2011
    A subtle and sensual character study.
  11. 60
    A train station finale is textbook tearjerker territory, but it still teems with exquisite sorrow.
  12. 60
    Offers the kind of intimate, naturalistic look at human interaction that recalls the heyday of Eric Rohmer.
  13. 50
    Although it deals with some monumental themes, Mademoiselle Chambon also feels wispy and inconsequential.

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User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Aug 13, 2010
    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 -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. Full Review »