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New Orleans, LA
Announcing a new Meetup for The New Orleans French Language Meetup Group!
What: French Movie Night: "LA MOUSTACHE", 2005
When: Friday, March 5, 2010 7:15 PM
Rebecca's Home in LAKEVIEW
000 Florida Blvd one block off Canal Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70124
We meet again at Rebecca and Bryan's house on Florida Blvd., just off Canal Blvd in Lakeview. Contact me for exact address.
Doors open at 6:45p.
Movie starts promptly at 7:30p and will be over around 9p.
Bring refreshments if you can.
Discussion will follow.
For more info, contact Guy Henoumont anytime at  460-9049 or at email@example.com .
LA MOUSTACHE. Written and directed by Emmanuel Carrere. 2005. Rated R. 87 minutes. In French with English subtitles.
Following reviews from imdb.com:
Author: valis1949 from United States
LA MOUSTACHE forces the viewer to grapple with a conundrum; "What is real, and what is not?". Carrere (who wrote the novel and directed the film) is a writer and fan of the late, great science fiction author, Philip K. Dick. In fact, Carrere's, I AM ALIVE AND YOU ARE DEAD:A JOURNEY INTO THE LIFE OF PHILIP K. DICK is an excellent biography of this gifted author. Nearly all of Dick's work concerned the shifting nature of Identity and the ontological basis for Reality. This movie examines the possibility of "Change"-shaving a moustache, and the impact on a life. In a sense, the film is kind of a Black Comedy, in that such a minor adjustment would not seem to lead to such dislocation. But, that is not the case in La Moustache. The movie begs all kinds of bizarre interpretations, so don't expect an easy ride from this French 'Chinese Puzzle' of a film.
Author: Paolo A. Gardinali from United States
"The Moustache" is a comedy that, starting from the most trivial of pretexts, quickly turns into a true Kafkian nightmare. A man shaves his mustache. No one seems to notice, and in a surrealistic parody of male mid-life crisis this causes conflict, pain and uncertainty. But more and more threads come undone in the fabric of his reality.
Excellent self-adaptation of a short novel by Emmanuel Carrère, La Moustache delivers the spectator with much more than it promises, in these days a rare occurrence indeed. Vincent Lindon as the troubled protagonist is good and measured, and the movie has an excellent pace and nothing is overdone. Even the theme, a Philip Glass "Concerto pour violon et orchestre" could not be more effective. Will we ever see this movie in the USA? Maybe in a parallel reality.
Author: ftmetler from Canada
Read the book some time ago and after watching the movie felt much the same sort of existential exhilaration - if there is such a thing. Maybe it was just the cold that I have, though. A little overacted at times, but otherwise like an exotic episode of the Twilight Zone, shot in glorious colour. The film reminded me another French film I saw in the theatre recently by the name of Cache', which I enjoyed very much. As for its American counterpart, I suppose that you'd be looking at something like Lost Highway, David Lynch's bizarre account of a modern, urban couple trying to grapple with the unknown. This seems to be something of a genre for the French and they are quite good at pulling it off - as is evidenced with this film - with considerable style and enough depth of plot and character to leave you considering and reconsidering the film for far more than the sadly customary 10 minutes.
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