Ismael's Ghosts

135 minutes • R


Lark Theater Fri, Apr 20, 2018 6:00 PM
Lark Theater Sun, Apr 22, 2018 5:30 PM
Lark Theater Wed, Apr 25, 2018 11:00 AM
Lark Theater Thu, Apr 26, 2018 12:40 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Movie
Release Year:2017
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Arnaud Desplechin
Cast:Marrion Cotillard
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Mathieu Amalric
Louis Garrel


Twenty-one years ago, she ran away. And twenty-one years later, Carlotta (Marion Cotillard) is back from the void. But Ismael (Mathieu Amalric) has been busy rebuilding a life for himself with Sylvia (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and working on his next feature film. As Ismael's trials and tribulations unfurl, so too do those of his film's protagonist: the idle, funny and reckless diplomat Ivan Dédalus (Louis Garrel). The character is a nod to the ghost of another of Desplechin's creations, the brother of Paul Dédalus, three-time hero of "My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument," "A Christmas Tale" and "My Golden Days." A film within a film--and then some, Desplechin layers narrative upon narrative. With ISMAEL'S GHOSTS, Desplechin returns once more to the past, creating film after film as his way of stepping back in time, and proving yet again that his brand of genius lies in his ability to find light in the darkest of places.

"The film feels very personal, as if writer/director Arnaud Desplechin were sorting out his thoughts, processes and demons onscreen." -

"An unforgettable experience." - New York Times