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The Blue Room (2014)

La chambre bleue (original title)
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In their blue hotel room, a clandestine couple of two married lovers plan an impossible future, as death shutters their already frail tranquillity. Now, the noose tightens more and more around innocents and sinners; but, was there a crime?

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Mathieu Amalric

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Stéphanie Cléau (screenplay), Mathieu Amalric (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mathieu Amalric ... Julien Gahyde
Léa Drucker ... Delphine Gahyde
Stéphanie Cléau ... Esther Despierre
Laurent Poitrenaux Laurent Poitrenaux ... Le juge d'instruction
Serge Bozon Serge Bozon ... Le gendarme
Blutch Blutch ... Le psychologue
Mona Jaffart Mona Jaffart ... Suzanne Gahyde
Véronique Alain Véronique Alain ... La mère de Nicolas
Paul Kramer Paul Kramer ... L'avocat de Julien
Alain Fraitag Alain Fraitag ... L'avocat d'Esther
Christelle Pichon Christelle Pichon ... La greffière du juge
Mustapha Abourachid ... Le brigadier
Olivier Mauvezin Olivier Mauvezin ... Nicolas Despierre
Alexandre Patoyt Alexandre Patoyt ... Le postier
Henri Cherel Henri Cherel ... L'hôtelier
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Telephone Conversation
Written by Frank Zappa
Performed by Frank Zappa and Pamela Zarubica (as Suzy Creamcheese)
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reworking the traditional crime drama
17 March 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Julien Gahyde (Mathieu Amalric) and Esther Despierre are former classmates and having an affair. Julien is married to Delphine with a daughter Suzanne. When Esther's pharmacist husband is found dead, Julien is brought in by the police for an interview. Then Delphine is found dead and the police suspects poisoning.

I find this a muddled, confused, and flat telling of a possible murder mystery. The odd thing is that it's deliberately muddled, confused and flat. It's reworking the traditional crime drama. It's admirable but I don't think it works. The tension is all gone. There are no thrills. I don't think we even see the dead bodies. Mathieu Amalric is a great actor but the flat telling keeps the audience at a distance from the characters. There are moments where one gets glimpses something deeper in his character but he keeps the mask on for most of the movie. It's hard to say if the truth is revealed and that's kind of the point of the movie.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

17 May 2014 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El cuarto azul See more »

Filming Locations:

La Flèche, Sarthe, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,809, 5 October 2014

Gross USA:

$254,666

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,232,900
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Dolby Digital

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1.33 : 1
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