Thursday, May 3 | 8 pm
Ismael’s Ghosts is the enchanting, evocative, and completely original latest from the internationally acclaimed writer-director of A Christmas Tale and My Golden Days, Arnaud Desplechin. Troubled middle-aged filmmaker Ismael Vuillard (Desplechin regular Mathieu Amalric) struggles with his new screenplay, a spy-themed story about his mercurial younger brother Ivan. In the meantime, he and his girlfriend Sylvia (Nymphomaniac‘s Charlotte Gainsbourg) receive a sexy and mysterious visitor from Ismael’s past, played by Academy Award®-winner Marion Cotillard. Sharing her name, Carlotta, with the heroine of Vertigo, Cotillard’s character serves as Ismael’s psychosexual object of obsession—in classic Hitchcock fashion—while the espionage subplot points to the Master of Suspense’s preferred thriller genre. Ismael’s Ghosts is a work of complex homage, where an alluring ghost from the past destabilizes a very precarious present.
Director Arnaud Desplechin | 2017 | In French with English subtitles | 132 minutes | R (for sexuality including some graphic nudity, language, and brief strong violence) | DCP