Camille (2008 film)

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Camille
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Directed byGregory Mackenzie
Produced by
Written byNick Pustay
Starring
Music byMark Mancina
CinematographySharone Meir
Edited byRoger Bondelli
Production
company
  • A-Mark Entertainment
  • Ruddy Morgan Productions
Distributed byNational Entertainment Media
Release date
  • November 14, 2008 (2008-11-14) (United States)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Camille is a 2008 American romantic comedy film directed by Gregory Mackenzie and starring James Franco and Sienna Miller. The film concerns two ill-matched newlyweds, Silas Parker (Franco) and Camille Foster (Miller) and their honeymoon trip to Niagara Falls. After Camille is killed in a motorcycle accident early in the film, she continues to behave as though alive and the remorseful Silas begins to develop loving feelings for her.

Plot[edit]

The plot follows the two characters who have recently married and are going to Niagara Falls on their honeymoon. Silas Parker (Franco) is a thief who marries Camille Foster (Miller), his parole officer's niece, in hopes it will be his chance to escape to Canada. Silas cannot stand Camille and she is blind to how he really feels, believing that everything will be all right once they get to the falls. After their wedding Camille frets about there being no rice thrown and how that is bad luck.

On the way to Niagara Falls they crash their honeymoon bike and Camille dies in the accident. Thinking that he killed Camille, Silas runs away, breaking into a nearby house to call the police but hanging up before he reports the accident. When he returns to the scene of the accident he finds Camille up and washing in a nearby river. Over the course of the trip Silas realizes that Camille really did die in the accident as she starts to decay. While taking care of her, Silas shows a kinder side due to his guilt over having accidentally caused her death.

Meanwhile, the police believe that Silas actually killed his wife and begin to hunt him down. The couple have to evade capture several times and end up traveling with an old rodeo cowboy (Carradine) with colored horses. One of the horses, Maggie, is old and should have died years ago but is still sticking around for some reason. As Camille physically deteriorates she and Silas grow closer, eventually dancing and kissing in the rain. Silas says that while he never believed in anything, Camille believed in him when no one else ever had.

The couple travels with the cowboy until he has a breakdown and sets free all his horses. Seeing that the old Maggie will not leave his side even at gunpoint, the cowboy mounts the horse and they ride into the dawn.

The couple finally reach Niagara Falls and take the boat tour together. As Silas smiles down on Camille, happy to be with her, she tells him that she is ready now. He turns to ask someone to take their picture, and when he turns back she has vanished. He gets off the boat and heads towards the Canada–US border, but stops and goes back looking for Camille. He is then spotted by the police and chased to the edge of the Niagara Falls viewing point. He screams out for Camille – not believing her to be truly dead and gone – and the police, thinking he is still evading arrest, shoot him. Camille suddenly appears, riding toward him on the horse, Maggie. She asked why he did not go on without her and he said he could not. He mounts up behind her and says "I love you" for the first time. They kiss and then turn toward the falls. Camille says "I had a great honeymoon" and Silas answers "Me too."

Then Maggie gallops forward and jumps over the edge into the Niagara Falls with Camille and Silas on her back, all three disappearing into the mist. After they jump, rice starts to fall from the sky.

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Release[edit]

The film played at film festivals in Europe and North America throughout 2008. Camille had a domestic (US) theatrical release on November 14, 2008 - same day as Quantum of Solace - followed by an international theatrical release including Russia, Mexico, and the UAE.[1]

Reception[edit]

Dustin Sommer of Blu-ray Review wrote "If you're in the mood for something out of the ordinary, Camille is a sure bet." [2] Chuck Bowen of Slant Magazine rated it 2.5/5 stars and wrote, "An admirable Sienna Miller effort isn't enough to save this strange, plasti-quirky mess."[3] Brian Orndorf of DVD Talk rated it Rent It and called it a black comedy that is "complete absurdity".[4] Louise Keller of Urban Cinefile wrote "A surprisingly touching black comedy with a twist." [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Camille". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  2. ^ Sommer, Dustin (2009-10-17). "Camille". Blu-Ray Review. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
  3. ^ Bowen, Chuck (2009-09-16). "Camille". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
  4. ^ Orndorf, Brian (2009-10-27). "Camille". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
  5. ^ Keller, Louise (2009-01-22). "Camille". Urban Cinefile. Retrieved 2017-02-14.

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