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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #174. Mathieu Amalric’s La chambre bleue

La chambre bleue

Director: Mathieu Amalric
Writers: Mathieu Amalric, Stephanie Cleau
Producers: Alfama Films’ Paulo Branco
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Lea Drucker, Stephanie Cleau

His last directorial outing, On Tour, snagged him a Best Director award at 2010 Cannes, yet many don’t seem to realize that the prolific actor has such four directorial features under his belt, the latest being this project produced by Alfama films, the production company behind David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis, as well as another host of exciting upcoming titles from Guadagnino, Monte Hellman, and Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet. Amalric turns to author Georges Simenon for inspiration, whose works have long been adapted by the French, including Leconte, Chabrol, and Cedric Kahn (this one was filmed in 2002 by Walter Doehner and starred Elena Anaya).

Gist: A man and woman who make love in secret in a bedroom. They desire and long for each other, even bite each other. Then they exchange a few banalities after making love. Or at least that’s what the man believes.

Release Date: Seeing as Amalric landed in the Cannes Main Comp with his last outing, one would assume we’d see this pop up there, but the film has been pegged as opening in theaters a month prior in France. But we shall see if that changes.

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Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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