La Moustache Emmanuel Carrère

La Moustache Emmanuel Carrère
The comical premise of La Moustache quickly becomes disturbing in this bizarre, suspenseful drama. When Marc (Vincent Lindon) makes the spur of the moment decision to shave off his moustache, he can barely contain his anticipation for how wife Agnès (Emmanuelle Devos) and his friends will react to his new look. The trouble is, not one person he encounters notices the change in his appearance. Initially hurt by the indifference, particularly from his wife, Marc soon becomes hostile towards Agnès and his co-workers. The rage turns to madness when Agnès denies Marc has ever had a moustache to begin with. When friends corroborate the story, he begins to question his own sanity and the film spirals into an unexplained multi-dimensional time warp. Based on his own novel, director Emmanuel Carrère admits in an interview and the "making of” feature that La Moustache doesn’t really make any sense. Artfully shot and well crafted, with a curious use of eerie music, it’s rather easy to get lost in the film regardless of how unbelievably fantastical the plot is. Ostensibly a character study about the nature of identity, it’s interesting to hear Lindon and Devos reveal that they too are unsure of what this metaphysical storyline is about. Far from unsteady, they inhabit their characters forcefully, with Lindon reworking Carrère’s scenes to better suit his vision of Marc. In a sea of twists and turns that would have even David Lynch scratching his head, sure-footed performances and direction make La Moustache a strong, compelling film. (Mongrel Media)