Monday, October 13, 2014

Dreaming of France: The trailer for La Chambre Bleue (Blue Room) based on Georges Simenon novel



I shared the French trailer for La Chambre Bleue back in May when the Matthieu Almaric directed film debuted at Cannes last May. At the time there were no English subtitles; now that the film has screened at the New York Film Festival and is playing, possibly in a city near you, I've found a trailer with subtitles to better the enjoyment of non-French speakers like myself.
I'm sharing this today with fellow participants of the Dreaming of France meme.
I think it's fair to say La Chambre Bleue or The Blue Room debuted to mixed reviews but I'm definitely curious. The film is based on the crime novel by Georges Simenon - known best outside of France for his detective Maigret. 


Here's how a new translation of the book is described, although it leaves out the fact that somewhere along the line, there's a murder. Always a good thing in a thriller. 

This is a new translation of Simenon's gripping novel about lives transformed by deceit and the destructive power of lust. He felt no resentment towards Andree for biting his lip. In the context of their lovemaking, it had its place. For Tony and Andree, there are no rules when they meet in the blue room at the Hotel des Voyageurs. Their adulterous affair is intoxicating, passionate - and dangerous. Soon it turns into a nightmare from which there can be no escape. Simenon's stylish and sensual psychological thriller weaves a story of cruelty, reckless lust and relentless guilt. "A double crime, a dark provincial scandal, and a dreadful sort of triumph ...presented with shattering power". (San Francisco Chronicle). "The romans durs are extraordinary: tough, bleak, offhandedly violent, suffused with guilt and bitterness, redolent of place ...utterly unsentimental, frightening in the pitilessness of their gaze, yet wonderfully entertaining". (John Banville). "One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century...Simenon was unequaled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories". (Guardian). "A supreme writer ...unforgettable vividness". (Independent). 



5 comments:

  1. Even with the subtitles, it seems very French, don't you think? I'd definitely see it. Thanks for playing along today.

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  2. I will need to check this out. thank you.

    I am not familiar with Joan's on third street. That I will need to see. I cannot even think of where it is.

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  3. Hi Esme, it's a couple of blocks east of The Beverly Center, near The Little Next Door.

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  4. I must have missed your original post Sim, I've only heard of the play version of this (I assume it's the same story), I didn't know that there was a movie coming- it looks intriguing- I'd certainly see it if it comes to small town Australia.

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    1. I think I would happily sacrifice all the obscure films to live in small town Australia! You dream of France as do I but I also dream of Australia.:)

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