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Ismael's Ghosts

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Arnaud Desplechin

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About the Movie

Twenty-one years ago, she ran away. And twenty-one years later, Carlotta (Marion Cotillard) is back from the void. But Ismael (Mathieu Amalric) has been busy rebuilding a life for himself with Sylvia (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and working on his next feature film. As Ismael's trials and tribulations unfurl, so too do those of his film's protagonist: the idle, funny and reckless diplomat Ivan Dédalus (Louis Garrel). The character is a nod to the ghost of another of Desplechin's creations, the brother of Paul Dédalus, three-time hero of "My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument," "A Christmas Tale" and "My Golden Days." A film within a film - and then some, Desplechin layers narrative upon narrative. With Ismael's Ghosts, Desplechin returns once more to the past, creating film after film as his way of stepping back in time, and proving yet again that his brand of genius lies in his ability to find light in the darkest of places.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 61
  • Fresh: 32
  • Rotten: 29
  • Average Rating: 5.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: An unforgettable experience. – Glenn Kenny, New York Times, Mar 22, 2018

Fresh: Arnaud Desplechin loves stories - the ones you show on a screen, that people regale others with that reveal delusions and dreams, that we tell ourselves in order to survive. – David Fear, Rolling Stone, Mar 23, 2018

Rotten: There's no way around it: The whole, here, is a mess. Even with the extra minutes, the film seems unfinished, the connections among its disparate scenarios vague and arbitrary. – Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, Mar 20, 2018

Rotten: Multiple meanings are Desplechin's bread and butter and the fertile terrain of his mostly wonderful films. Like Ismael, though, he seems to have lost the thread that will tie together his stories and generate something for us to chew over. – Ella Taylor, NPR, Mar 22, 2018

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Ismael's Ghosts
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Romance
  • Released: 2018

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