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The Blue Room (La chambre bleue)

The Blue Room (La chambre bleue)
  • 2014
  • France
  • 76 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Mathieu Amalric
  • Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Léa Drucker, Stéphanie Cléau
  • Language: French
  • UK release: 9 September 2016

Married family man Julien (Amalric) and pharmacist's wife Esther (Cleau) meet every Thursday in a hotel room to carry on their passionate affair, but then Julien becomes the prime suspect in a crime. Elegantly crafted but sketchy and insubstantial thriller, which never quite conveys the all-consuming intensity of the affair.

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The Blue Room

5 Sep 20163 stars

Despite great performances, Mathieu Amalric's adaptation of Georges Simenon's Sixties novella lacks passion and depth

Georges Simenon's spare, unsentimental 1964 novella The Blue Room brings an icy detachment to chronicling the consequences of white hot passion, with echoes of James M. Cain, affinities with Chabrol and intimations of Fatal Attraction…

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