Thoughts on Kings and Queen

Saturday, November 20, 2010 4:37 PM By Simon

-Emmanuelle Devos from a-lot-more-complicated-than-it-had-to-be La Moustache stars as a 35-year-old woman with a young, withdrawn son, who's father is dead under suspicious circumstances, an ex-husband who just got sent to the bin for reasons as yet unexplained to him (Mathieu Amalric), another failing marriage, and a soon-to-be new husband who never has sex with her or something. And her dad is dying of some generally pelvic cancer. In French.

-The characters who you think are twisted turn out to be relatively normal, the ones who think to be put together are actually really off their shit, there's lots of crying, and old people can either be funny and tough, or dourly near-death. Uneven, terribly shot (I don't care what damn year it is, there's a thing called 'lighting'), often melodramatic. But also funny, earnest, heartbreaking, and weird. By the end, you'll be oddly moved, if a bit depressed. In French.