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Mademoiselle Chambon (Not Rated)

French with English subtitles

Jean (Vincent Lindon) leads a pretty ordinary life: like his father before him, he is a contractor who builds houses in a small country town. He is happily married to the beautiful Anne Marie (César-nominee Aure Atika), with an adored young son Jeremy. One day when picking up Jeremy at school, Jean meets his teacher, the elegant Parisian Véronique Chambon (César-nominee Sandrine Kiberlain, Lindon’s former wife). Both are struck by the meeting and, as they continue to encounter each other, the attraction they feel intensifies. Véronique invites Jean to speak to the class about what he does for a living, and his honesty, decency and straightforwardness with the children appeal to her. Their struggle to keep their feelings from turning into a full-blown affair becomes a moving tale of unexpected romance. A modern-day Brief Encounter, crafted with enormous grace and subtlety by acclaimed French director Stéphane Brizé, who co-wrote the César-winning screenplay.