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Mademoiselle Chambon

Drama, Romance

Jean, his loving wife and son live a simple, happy life. At his son's homeroom teacher Madamoiselle Chambon's request, he volunteers as substitute teacher and starts to fall for her delicate and elegant charm. His ordinary life between family and work starts to falter.

The critical consensus

Cathartic pay-off comes in the largely wordless climax, which packs a blindsiding wallop of emotional conviction.

****(*)Kevin Harley, Total Film, 13/09/2011

Bitter-sweet adn elegantly orchestrated.

***(*)(*)Tom Dawson, The List, 14/09/2011

A subtle and sensual character study.

***(*)(*)David Parkinson, Empire Online, 19/09/2011

An old story is enlivened by intelligent performances from Lindon and Kiberlain as the middle aged pair, but the drama is slow-burning to the point of tediousness.

**(*)(*)(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 22/09/2011

The performances...are extraordinary.

****(*)Xan Brooks, The Guardian, 22/09/2011

Too much of Stéphane Brizé’s film is elegant water-treading, but there are candid little scenes, and one of those will-they-won’t-they, Brief Encounter denouements that never go out of fashion.

***(*)(*)Tim Robey, The Telegraph, 22/09/2011

It's a touching, measured, well-observed film that uses music (the teacher is a trained violinist) skilfully.

Philip French, The Observer, 25/09/2011

Mademoiselle Chambon

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Friday November 25, 2011, until Sunday November 27, 2011. More info:

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