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The Blue Room(La chambre bleue)

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France · 2014
Rated R · 1h 15m
Director Mathieu Amalric
Starring Mathieu Amalric, Léa Drucker, Stéphanie Cléau, Laurent Poitrenaux
Genre Drama, Crime, Thriller

Every now and then Julien and Esther meet in the blue room of a local hotel to make passionate, illicit love to each other. Julien considers it to be a fling, but when he leaves on vacation with his family, he starts to receive strange notes from Esther. Suddenly, Julien and Esther's secret world starts to infringe on their personal lives and the lives around them...

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IndieWire by

In telling his story, Amalric is greatly aided by his ace cinematographer, Christophe Beaucarne, whose images pick up on a great many tiny but telling details, as if life were a mosaic composed of an almost infinite number of parts that are all equally important for the bigger picture.


Variety by Guy Lodge

While this appropriately brief film unravels its enigma at a tidy clip, it gathers neither enough heat, nor quite enough of a chill, to linger in the bones.


The Playlist by Jessica Kiang

It’s a meticulous and tightly coiled cautionary tale, but it’s hard to imagine any of its characters having life outside the narrow confines of its stagy plot, or the edges of its carefully composed frames.


CineVue by John Bleasdale

As you'd expect from an actor-director of Amalric's pedigree, the performances are brilliant throughout and Mathieu himself has a wonderful eye for the telling tick and/or the revealing gesture.


The Dissolve by Scott Tobias

As it settles in, the thrilling chutzpah of The Blue Room’s opening salvo gets lost in the intricate curlicues of the plot, which take away much of its illicit rush.


The Telegraph by Tim Robey

Everything’s told in shards, and Amalric does very well to create a sense of emotional continuum amid all the procedural detail. His own performance is fantastic, jittery and dishevelled.


The Guardian by Xan Brooks

Amalric's handling is cool, studied and perhaps a little self-conscious. But he does a good job of showing how adultery is a noose that tightens at the throat even before an actual crime is committed - at which point the film grows altogether less interesting.

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