La Moustache (The Mustache)

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Year: 2005

Writer: Jerome Beaujour (writer), Emmanuel Carrere (novel, screenplay)

Director: Emmanuel Carrere

Budget: ?

Worldwide Gross: $3 078 324

i have talked a lot lately, especially in reference to 2 crappy movies i saw recently (Jumper & Vantage Point) about films that have a good idea/premise but nothing else.  these movies are easy to pitch and they sound good, but the filmmakers forget that one gimmick or cool idea cant sustain a whole film without a solid story, characters, etc.. around it.  that brings us to La Moustache.  a movie with, not only a good idea, but a lot of interesting stuff around it.

La Moustache is the story of a man who shaves off his mustache and no one notices.  there ya go, thats it. personally i thought this sounded like a great idea, although to some of you it might just seem to simple or silly. however, simple and silly are not words i think anyone could use to describe this film after watching it.

this is emmanuel carrere's film.  not only did she write the novel which the film is based on, but she also wrote the screenplay, directed it and stared in it as the moustache man's wife.

although the premise is simple the story and the turns the film takes are anything but.  One thing i read after having seen the film called is kafkaesque and that really struck a chord with me.  imagine all the ways a film could go that starts off with a guy shaving his moustache and no one noticing?  i bet the way you just thought of isn't the way this film goes.  and to be honest, i've just watched the movie and i'm not sure how it goes.  let me rephrase that.  i know how it goes, but i'm not sure what it all means.  this is one of those films that if you watch it with 4 friends, you would all perhaps have a different interpretation of the ending and what actually happened.

so why do i like this film is i don't completely know what it all means?  well, i enjoyed the ride and the various interpretations that i came up with and read from other people after seeing the film just made it more interesting.

this is emmanuel carrere's film.  not only did she write the novel which the film is based on, but she also wrote the screenplay, directed it and stared in it as the moustache man's wife.  however, i did read somewhere (ya i did a lot of reading after watching this film) that even she doesn't have a concrete idea of what it all means. what i can tell you is that La Moustache is a film worth seeing, besides that you wil have to see for yourself.

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