2005-05-12 15:17:29 -0700
Arnaud Desplechin's domestic comedy-drama spins emotions like plates in a variety show.
Kings & Queen
Director: Arnaud Desplechin.
Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Devos, Valentin Lelong, Catherine Deneuve, Maurice Garrel.
Arnaud Desplechin's domestic comedy-drama spins emotions like plates in a variety show. Desplechin's hyperactive intelligence considers two linked storylines. One concerns Nora (Emmanuelle Devos), a widowed, divorced, engaged single mother whose latest crisis is her father's declining health. Her surviving ex-husband (Mathieu Amalric) inhabits the second storyline; the neurotic violinist temporarily lands himself in a mental institution, where he spars with a psychiatrist played by Catherine Deneuve. The two assuage each other in their time of need, but it's not at all clear that they can solve each other's problems. The oh-so-French blend of humor and pathos is an appropriately unsettling view of life as Desplechin knows it.