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The Blue Room (La chambre bleue) (2014)



Critic Consensus: The Blue Room proves a sobering study of the dark side of human nature, as well as a coolly assured directorial effort from star and co-writer Mathieu Amalric.

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Two adulterous lovers go from pillow talk to possible murder in this sexy, brain-teasing thriller. Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Grand Budapest Hotel) directs and stars as Julien, a middle-aged salesman embroiled in a steamy love affair with a married woman who, after a round of kinky sex, makes a startling suggestion. Suddenly Julien is caught up in a police investigation-but just what exactly happened? Based on a novel by celebrated crime writer Georges Simenon, this beguiling cinematic puzzle unfolds in an elliptical style that keeps the audience guessing every step of the way. (C) IFC Films

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Léa Drucker
as Delphine Gahyde
Mathieu Amalric
as Julien Gahyde
Stéphanie Cléau
as Esther Despierre
Laurent Poitrenaux
as Le juge d'instruction
as Psychologist

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Critic Reviews for The Blue Room (La chambre bleue)

All Critics (78) | Top Critics (43)

In The Blue Room, Mathieu Amalric directs and stars in an updated version of the 1964 Georges Simenon novel about adultery and death in a small town.

October 10, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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An unfolding police investigation leaves us guessing until the final moment just what exactly happened when an illicit love affair turned bad.

September 11, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

On the evidence here, former Bond villain Amalric is every bit as accomplished a director as he is an actor.

September 9, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Bursting with melancholy insight.

September 8, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Taut, tense and teasing, this fascinating exercise in screen storytelling keeps viewers guessing whether the prime suspect might just be a victim.

September 1, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A cool tale of sex and deception; a brief, tightly wound story whose contours only gradually become clear.

August 6, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Blue Room (La chambre bleue)

It is very hard to find something appealing in a sterile drama that plods along with a suspense devoid of tension, dull courtroom scenes and a whodunit plot that is never engaging, all without making us relate to its characters in any level, especially when they are all equally dull.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Despite the orgasmic moans and gasps in the opening frames, the sex although plentiful is understated and the nudity discreet. This film blends the qualities of classic cinema - the balletic structures of Jean Renoir; the melodrama and angst, and the anti-heroine, of the Nouvelle Vague; and the elegant twists of Hitchcock. The soundtrack of piano solo and strings recalls the accompaniment to early films. The story is of a dark side to the cinq à sept, the reputed sport of adultery, French style. Amalric has perfected the role of the passive lover, forced on his character by terrible circumstance in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and ingrained here willingly in the psychology of the shivering Julien. Julien's paramour Mme Despierre dominates him. Of course it had to be this woman who is venal and possessive. The film unfortunately reverts to sexist stereotypes - was Simenon that simplistic? The screenplay defends vigorously the miserable wife, who seems determined to keep suffering in silence. Julien is cast as victim - his blame translates into charm. It is an old fashioned formula: the madonna, the whore, and the boy-man to be indulged. Must we have this, now that we also have existentialism and feminism? Still, women will brush aside the standard pattern, which is easy enough to put up with when laced with painterly cinematography, French style and some picturesque travelogue. The film will no doubt disappoint those hoping for pornography; you can see who they are when the lights come on, because they look embarrassed. This is not blue; rather more like a conventional pastel.

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