LES FANTÔMES D’ISMAEL (2017)
A film by Arnaud Desplechin
Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Gainsbourg
English: Ismael’s Ghosts
The first film at the Cannes films festival here is Ismael’s Ghosts. The execution of this film is obsessively near perfect and it’s not conventional.
On the eve of the shooting of his new film, the life of a filmmaker is upset by the reappearance of a lost love …
It is set up as a spy film at the opening of the film but the director through you off course from the start. it is not you typical film here , he shot it unconventionally with back and forth story telling form of flashback that is going to be a little confusing at first but you are going to find your way in. His style remains refreshingly free-spirited. Ismael (Mathieu Amalric) is preparing; a scrappy but enticing drama chronicling the life of his brother, Ivan (Louis Garrel). He is also obsessed about the disappearance of his former Carlotta (Marion Cotillard) wife some 20 years ago. He is fighting not to think about it too much. Here come this woman Sylvia (Charlotte Gainsbourg) who is shy & affectionately kind-hearted lover, encourages him to keep his head above water. But somehow his former wife reappear out of nowhere. There is a bit of frustration in this film but the actors are outstanding is a matter of fact the cast is perfect. It has its up and down here and a lot of drama. This high-caliber director has this awesome creative mind here but I know some of you will not like this one. Here in France there are a lot of critics that loves it, even the audiences.