Mademoiselle Chambon

Mademoiselle Chambon
Directed by Stéphane Brizé
Distributed by Rezo Films
Release dates
  • 2009 (2009)
Country France
Budget $3.7 million
Box office $9.1 million[1]

Mademoiselle Chambon is a 2009 French film, directed by Stéphane Brizé, with a screenplay adapted from the novel of Éric Holder. It was awarded a César Award for Best Adaptation.


Véronique Chambon (Sandrine Kiberlain), a single schoolteacher and Jean (Vincent Lindon), discover an unexpected bond that causes them to question the direction of their lives. They move in different social circles but their relationship develops and their lives begin gradually to unravel.


Critical response

British film critic Mark Kermode praised the film and the performances of the lead actors. "Should he abandon the wife with whom he has built a home to pursue a fleeting dream inspired in part by the strange reverie of Elgar's Salut d'Amour? Eloquently adapted from Eric Holder's novel, this low-key, César-winning gem relies on tiny gestures – a glance, a wry smile, a longing look – to suggest great passion and inner turmoil, all conjured with wit, grace and honesty by Lindon and Kiberlain. Comparing any movie with Brief Encounter is always going to end in tears – Yet director Stéphane Brizé's quietly tremendous Mademoiselle Chambon does a pretty good job of reminding us that in terms of tragic romantic clout, less is often more." [2]

Awards and nominations

The film was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film in 2010.

It was awarded a César Award for Best Adaptation.


External links

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