The Blue Room (2014 film)

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The Blue Room
La chambre bleue poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byMathieu Amalric
Produced byPaulo Branco
Screenplay byMathieu Amalric
Stéphanie Cléau
Based onThe Blue Room
by Georges Simenon
StarringMathieu Amalric
Léa Drucker
Stéphanie Cléau
Music byGrégoire Hetzel
CinematographyChristophe Beaucarne
Edited byFrançois Gédigier
Distributed byAlfama Films
Release date
  • 16 May 2014 (2014-05-16) (Cannes)
  • 16 May 2014 (2014-05-16) (France)
Running time
76 minutes
Budget$1.2 million [1]
Box office$1.1 million [2]

The Blue Room (French: La Chambre bleue) is a 2014 French erotic thriller film directed by and starring Mathieu Amalric. It is based on a novel by Georges Simenon. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.[3]


Julien works as an agricultural contractor, is married to Delphine, and has a daughter, Suzanne. The pharmacist Esther Despierre, whom Julien knew from his youth, is married a schoolmate of Julien, always sickly Nicolas. One day, Esther meets Julien again and accuses him of having kissed all the women, but not her. Now she makes him to kiss her, and a passionate affair begins. In the following months, they irregularly meet in the blue room of a local hotel. When Esther asks him whether he could imagine a life with her, Julien affirms.

At one date with Esther, Julien sees Nicolas seemingly approaching the hotel, so he has to flee. Later, Julien goes to a vacation with his family to the sea and has no contact with Esther even after the holiday. He receives letters from her with short notes, which he perceives as increasingly menacing. One day, Julien learns that Nicolas had a fit and died. Although Nicolas was seriously ill, his death does not appear to be natural for Julien. When he again receives a letter from Esther with the text "À toi!", he is shocked and destroys the letter as he did before. Some time later, on Delphine's request, he has to pick up a drug from the pharmacy where Esther works. Besides drugs, Esther also hands him a pack of plum jam that arrived for his wife. Julien delivers the jam home and leaves. When he returns, he finds his house full of police as his wife is found dead—obviously because of a poisoned plum jam. Julien is arrested.

Investigators see his leaving the wife with the poisoned jam as a deception maneuver. The long period that it took Julien to deliver the jam to his wife is rooled as a proof that it is Julien who poisoned the jam. Esther, on the other hand, confesses that she killed her husband to live with Julien. In the court, both Julien and Esther are found guilty and sentenced to a life imprisonment. Esther smiles to Julien hinting that now they are not divided, and they leave the blue courtroom.


  • Mathieu Amalric as Julien Gahyde
  • Léa Drucker as Delphine Gahyde
  • Stéphanie Cléau as Esther Despierre
  • Laurent Poitrenaux as The judge
  • Serge Bozon as The cop
  • Blutch as The psy
  • Mona Jaffart as Suzanne Gahyde
  • Véronique Alain as Nicolas's mother
  • Paul Kramer as Julien's lawyer
  • Alain Fraitag as Esther's lawyer

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 88%, based on 76 reviews, with an average rating of 7/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "The Blue Room proves a sobering study of the dark side of human nature, as well as a coolly assured directorial effort from star and co-writer Mathieu Amalric."[4] On Metacritic the film has a score of 72 out of 100, based on 25 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[5]


Award / Film Festival Category Recipients and nominees Result
Cannes Film Festival Prix Un certain regard Nominated
César Awards Best Adaptation Mathieu Amalric and Stéphanie Cléau Nominated
Mar del Plata International Film Festival Best Director Mathieu Amalric Won

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "La Chambre bleue". JP's Box-Office. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  2. ^ "The Blue Room (2014)". Box Office Mojo. 3 October 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  3. ^ "2014 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  4. ^ "The Blue Room (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes.
  5. ^ "The Blue Room". Metacritic.

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