La Moustache

Released 2005


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Emmanuel Carrère
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La Moustache is a 2005 French film based on Emmanuel Carrere's novel with the same name. In the film, Marc Thiriez (Vincent Lindon) is considering shaving off the mustache that he has had for the last fifteen years. His wife, Agnes (Emmanuella Devos) tells him not to shave it off because she would not be able to recognize him without it, but he decides to shave it off anyway. When he sees his wife later that night, she does not make any comment about his missing mustache but he does not say anything to her. The couple heads off to their friends Serge (Mathieu Amalric) and Nadia (Macha Polikarpova) house for a visit. Although they are good friends, neither one of them comment on his new look either. On the way home, Marc finally confronts Agnes about why she has not said anything and she tells him that he has not had a mustache and she does not know what he is talking about. When his friends at work agree that he has not had a mustache, he thinks he is going crazy. Then he sees some pictures of himself with a mustache and he thinks his wife is trying to make him think that he is going crazy. He runs off to Hong Kong and starts living his life again with a mustache. Things are going well until Agnes shows up and acts as if she has been with him the entire time. Only time will tell if Marc is going crazy or if Agnes is playing tricks.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Emmanuel Carrère's witty, elegant La Moustache is a deliciously unsettling, beautifully sustained enigma, a film of much beauty and flawless performances, especially from Vincent ...

  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    No matter how serious it becomes, however, La Moustache never forsakes an underlying attitude of high-style playfulness that recalls Hitchcock's cat-and-mouse romantic thrillers.

  • 70

    Variety Lisa Nesselson

    Viewers who like their conclusions tidy may rebel, but those who relish outstanding performances in the service of an intriguing idea will be entertained.

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