Ismael’s Ghosts

Ismael’s Ghosts

(Les fantômes d'Ismaël)

Charlotte Gainsbourg, Marion Cotillard and Mathieu Amalric star in this romantic drama from Mathieu Amalric (Kings & Queen). The idyllic relationship between Sylvia (Gainsbourg) and Ismael (Amalric) is shattered when Ismael's missing wife (Cotillard), returns to reclaim the life she left behind.

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  • The cost of the film's shapeshifting is that it's hard to invest in it as anything other than a movie-making game - but for Desplechin's impish purposes, it's a price worth paying. Full Review

  • The grace-notes of humour and whimsy simply take over, and the movie accelerates into a headlong rush towards absurdity and farce. Full Review

  • A narrative that is not necessarily fully comprehensible as a stand-alone item but which takes great pleasure in playing with all of the writer-director's obsessions, themes and styles. Full Review

  • If "Ismael's Ghosts" were a meal, it would be a massive slab of off-tasting meat alternative, wrapped in fake bacon, cooked in margarine, then covered in dairy-free imitation cheese. Full Review