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by Arnaud Desplechin


Nora manages an art gallery in Paris and takes care of her 10 year old son. When the film begins, she’s about to marry a wealthy businessman, who will be her third husband. However, her father falls sick. Nora’s ex-husband, Ismael’s institutionalized against his will for 10 days. Ismael and Nora’s paths only cross twice, but the film juxtaposes their lives throughout.

international title: Kings and Queen
original title: Rois et reine
country: France
sales agent: Bac Films
year: 2004
genre: fiction
directed by: Arnaud Desplechin
release date: FR 22/12/2004, UK 17/07/2005
screenplay: Arnaud Desplechin, Roger Bohbot
cast: Emmanuelle Devos, Mathieu Amalric, Catherine Deneuve, Nathalie Boutefeu, Maurice Garrel, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Hippolyte Girardot, Joachim Salinger, Catherine Rouvet, Noémie Lvovsky
cinematography by: Eric Gautier
film editing: Laurence Briaud
art director: Daniel Bevan
costumes designer: Nathalie Raoul
producer: Pascal Caucheteux
production: Why Not Productions
distributor: Artificial Eyes (UK), Fandango (IT)


main awards/selection

Venice 2004 Official Competition
Césars 2005 Best Actor (Mathieu Amalric)

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