Ismael's Ghosts ★★★★

The first hour of Ismael’s Ghosts is dominated by the story of alcoholic/insomniac/pill-popping filmmaker Ismael Vuillard (also the name of the musician Amalric played in Kings & Queen), who is more or less content in a long-term relationship with Sylvia (Charlotte Gainsbourg), until the return of his long-lost wife Carlotta (Marion Cotillard). Intimations of the macabre hover about the place; in one moment the film recalls some off-kilter Ian McEwan tale, the next it evokes the gothic edge of an Ingmar Bergman seaside melodrama.

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