Film: Seventh time unlucky for Desplechin

Welcome to the Desplechin Cinematic Universe: an interlocking chain of seven films from twinkling Gallic trickster Arnaud Desplechin, in which Mathieu Amalric plays a variation on the same character

3rd June, 2018
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Marion Cotillard and Mathieu Amalric in Ismaël’s Ghosts

If Marvel can do it, why not a French auteur? Welcome to the Desplechin Cinematic Universe: an interlocking chain of seven films from twinkling Gallic trickster Arnaud Desplechin, in which Mathieu Amalric plays a variation on the same character – a skinny, shabby charmer bug-eyed with excited energy and haunted by the women who have passed through his life.

It’s their seventh collaboration, and this time Amalric is Ismaël Vuillard (as he was in Desplechin’s...

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