Ismael's Ghosts

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Ismael's Ghosts
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French Les fantômes d'Ismaël
Directed by Arnaud Desplechin
Produced by Pascal Caucheteux
Vincent Maraval
Screenplay by Arnaud Desplechin
Léa Mysius
Julie Peyr
Starring Mathieu Amalric
Marion Cotillard
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Louis Garrel
Cinematography Irina Lubtchansky
Distributed by Magnolia Pictures
Release date
  • 17 May 2017 (2017-05-17) (Cannes)
Country France
Language French

Ismael's Ghosts (French: Les Fantômes d'Ismaël) is a 2017 French drama film directed by Arnaud Desplechin, starring Mathieu Amalric, Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Louis Garrel.[1] The film follows a filmmaker whose life is sent into a tailspin, just as he is about to start shooting a new film, by the return of his wife, who disappeared 20 years ago and whom he thought dead.[2] Ismael's Ghosts premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival as the opening film.[3][4]



Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an approval rating of 52% based on 61 reviews, with an average score of 5.5/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Ismael's Ghosts unites an excellent cast — and their valiant efforts are often enough to counter its somewhat confused and disjointed story."[5] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 based on reviews from mainstream critics, the film has a score of 65 based on 23 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[6]


  1. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin (3 May 2016). "Mathieu Amalric, Charlotte Gainsbourg & Marion Cotillard Team For Arnaud Desplechin's Les Fantômes d'Ismaël". The Playlist. Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (26 May 2016). "Magnolia Acquires Arnaud Desplechin's 'Ismael's Ghosts'". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  3. ^ IANS (13 April 2017). "'Ismael's Ghosts' to open 70th edition of Cannes". Business Standard. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  4. ^ Alvarez, Joe; Orlova, Tamara (17 May 2017). "Celebrities and Glitterati Turn Up to the Opening Night of 70th Cannes Film Festival". Ikon London Magazine. Retrieved 23 February 2018. 
  5. ^ "Ismael's Ghosts (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 27 August 2018. 
  6. ^ "Ismael's Ghosts Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 6 August 2018. 

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