Ismael's Ghosts

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Ismael's Ghosts
Release date
1st Jun 2018
Running time
2hrs 15mins
Director
Arnaud Desplechin
Cast
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Louis Garrel, Marion Cotillard

Ismael's Ghosts

15 cinema age rating  

A filmmaker’s life is turned upside down at the very moment he is due to film his next piece, as his wife – whom he believed dead for twenty years – turns up out of the blue. This stunning French film directed and co-written by Arnaud Desplechin, stars Mathieu Amalric, Marion Cotillard, and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

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Sylvia (Charlotte Gainsbourgh) is happy in her relationship with Ismael (Mathieu Amalric). She knows and accepts his past, and his difficulty in getting through the loss of his first wife, Carlotta (Marion Cotillard), who Ismael believes is dead after her disappearance 21 years ago.

The artistic Ismael is a filmmaker, and about to embark on his next film project, supported by Sylvia, when a ghost from his past reappears in his life – his wife, Carlotta. She is very much alive, and plans to pick up from where their relationship left off, despite the both of them having been apart for more than 20 years.

Can Sylvia keep Ismael when his first love returns? How can these relationships work together? And, how will this shocking turn of events affect Ismael’s film?

A film within a film, lovers of Arnaud Desplechin’s previous work will adore Ismael’s Ghosts, which features call backs to his previous work, along with a revealing a network of characters spanning his filmography.

Ismael’s Ghosts stars Charlotte Gainsbourgh, who previously starred in Independence Day: Resurgence and the controversial Nymphomaniac. Alongside Gainsbourgh is Mathieu Amalric, an acclaimed actor and director, who featured in The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Diving Bell and The Butterfly, with Academy Award-winner Marion Cotillard (Macbeth, Assassin’s Creed).

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