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  • Summary: A man and a woman, secretly in love, alone in a room. They desire each other, want each other, and even bite each other. In the afterglow, they share a few sweet nothings. At least the man seemed to believe they were nothing. Now under investigation by the police and the courts, Julien failsA man and a woman, secretly in love, alone in a room. They desire each other, want each other, and even bite each other. In the afterglow, they share a few sweet nothings. At least the man seemed to believe they were nothing. Now under investigation by the police and the courts, Julien fails to find the words. “Life is different when one lives it and peels it off afterwards”. What happened? What is he accused of? Expand
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
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  1. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Oct 9, 2014
    90
    What tantalizes is the way the story moves between their private passion and their public shame, the way then and now become synchronous. Amalric navigates the shifts with a lapidary precision.
  2. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Oct 22, 2014
    89
    The Blue Room is mesmerizing, psychologically complex, and, at the very end, viscerally devastating. They don’t make them like this much anymore, but they should.
  3. Reviewed by: Boyd Van Hoeij
    May 26, 2014
    83
    In telling his story, Amalric is greatly aided by his ace cinematographer, Christophe Beaucarne, whose images pick up on a great many tiny but telling details, as if life were a mosaic composed of an almost infinite number of parts that are all equally important for the bigger picture.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Oct 16, 2014
    75
    As a storyteller, Amalric is a master of manipulation, first leading the audience in one direction and then another. The Blue Room is a hall of mirrors, reflecting every detail but making it hard to know where you stand.
  5. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    Sep 29, 2014
    70
    The great virtue of the movie is its length: a fat-free seventy-six minutes.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Oct 2, 2014
    60
    The mystery is pretty low-key and the resolution somewhat disappointing. But Amalric is mesmerizing and the film’s taut, chilly tone leaves us unnerved.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Oct 3, 2014
    58
    Amalric throws in flashbacks and flash-forwards between bedroom and courthouse (yes, there’s a murder), and I was reminded again why I prefer my noirs in the hardboiled American style rather than tricked up with all this faux Alain Resnais-style filigree.

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  1. Oct 10, 2014
    8
    The Blue Room is a wonderful film directed by Mathieu Amalric, one of my favorite French actors. He captures beautifully the other side of theThe Blue Room is a wonderful film directed by Mathieu Amalric, one of my favorite French actors. He captures beautifully the other side of the writings of Georges Simenon. Most people know Simenon’s Maigret books, where the stolid inspector always solves the crime. But Simenon wrote other, darker novels like The Blue Room that are about more absurd, insoluble "crimes." Amalric, both in his acting and in his direction, captures this existential mood beautifully. The film is unsettling and riveting as we follow the two married lovers from their affair through the deaths of their spouses, the interrogation of Julien, and the trial of the lovers for murder. It is up to the audience to decide whether the lovers are guilty, especially the enigmatic Esther, who says cryptically at the end that the lovers will at least be together in the same prison for life. But are they truly guilty? Is one guilty and not the other, and if so, who? It is up to you to decide if you see this film. Expand
  2. Oct 12, 2014
    5
    This is a crime story based on one of Georges Simenon's novels. It is as French as it can be.

    The movie is made as a series of flashbacks
    This is a crime story based on one of Georges Simenon's novels. It is as French as it can be.

    The movie is made as a series of flashbacks between a bedroom episodes (blue bedroom as you can guess) and interrogation scenes. It is like a puzzle, details are coming slow, piece by piece, and you are getting the whole picture. Or not.

    Attention to detail is amazing.

    There were few things that bothered me though: a drop of blood looked too unreal, the protagonist was permanently dazzled.

    The movie is left intentionally open-ended, leaving plenty of room to discuss possible perpetrators of the crime. Which is probably not bad but I left a theater somewhat disappointed.
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