87 Min | Drama – Mystery | July 2005
IMDB Rating: 6.6
Director: Emmanuel Carrere
Starring: Vincent Lindon, Emmanuelle Devos, Mathieu Amalric
La moustache Review: The basic story idea for LA MOUSTACHE is unique and intrigued. A seemingly insignificant action occurs and then a man’s entire existence changes. This occurs when the lead, on a whim, shaves off his mustache. Oddly, his wife didn’t notice nor did his friends. At first, it’s no big deal, but later the man becomes angry, how could they be so self-absorbed that they didn’t notice or care? Oddly, when confronted, they have no recollection that he had one, even though the audience saw he had one and saw pictures of the man with the mustache. This part of the film was interesting.
However, out of the blue, the man disappears to Hong Kong and from then on the plot really makes no sense at all. At first, when La moustache ended, there were just too many dangling plot points and things. Some people might like this and normally, a film that leaves unanswered questions, but this goes way beyond this to just confusing and well, stupid. It took a film that might have earned a 7 or 8 and made it, at best, a 4.
Decent acting but a bad script sink La moustache. But, like so many sub-par films, the DVD case made it sound amazing and worthwhile with phrases like “A paranoid thriller in the manner of Alfred Hitchcock” or “a mini-masterwork”. Yeah, right. The film had little to do with Hitchcock’s style and comparisons to Hitchcock are a dime a dozen. Many of Chabrol’s films (even his bad ones) are also often compared to Hitchcock’s. One of the very few films that might really deserve this comparison is the original LES DIABOLIQUES. In contrast, LA MOUSTACHE seemed about as “Hitchcockian” as MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III.