LA CHAMBRE BLEUE / THE BLUE ROOM

SYNOPSIS
Mathieu Amalric, one of France’s—if not the world’s—greatest actors,
directed, cowrote, and stars in this terrific adaptation of Georges
Simenon’s novel of the same name. Vividly, sometimes vertiginously,
toggling from the past to the present, The Blue Room centers on Julien
(Amalric), who, soon after the film begins, is being questioned at a police
station for murder. Married to Delphine (Léa Drucker), with whom he
has a daughter, Julien has been carrying on an adulterous affair with
Esther (Stéphanie Cléau, Amalric’s real-life partner and the movie’s other
scriptwriter), the spouse of the local pharmacist. Scenes of their hotelroom
assignations turn out to be flashbacks, part of a flood of memories
that overwhelm Julien as he gives different statements to various lawenforcement
officials. As the narrative, told obliquely in time-scrambling
shards, begins to cohere, Julien himself becomes a less reliable narrator.
Has he really killed someone, or is he merely a duplicitous, philandering,
somewhat pathetic husband? Like its source material, The Blue Room
sharply provokes more questions than it answers; the film’s protagonist,
who may or may not be a murderer, is unquestionably a prisoner of his
own guilty conscience.

“Lushly romantic. Feels compellingly new. Far from a traditional suspense movie.
Superb.”
—Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

DIRECTOR
Mathieu Amalric

SCREENPLAY
Mathieu Amalric and Stéphanie Cléau

CAST
Mathieu Amalric
Stéphanie Cléau
Léa Drucker

GENRE Thriller
LANGUAGE French
RUNNING TIME 76’
PRODUCTION France, 2014
RATING Not Rated
FORMAT(S) Blu-Ray, DCP, DVD

DISTRIBUTOR
IFC Films / Sundance Selects