In the Shadow of Women
Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Location: Bow Tie Squire Cinemas, Great Neck
Dir. Philippe Garrel. France, 2015, 73 min. In French with English subtitles.
The new film by the great Philippe Garrel (Regular Lovers, Jealousy) is a close look at infidelity—not merely the fact of it, but the particular, divergent ways in which it’s experienced and understood by men and women. Stanislas Merhar and Clotilde Courau star as Pierre and Manon, a married couple working in fragile harmony on Pierre’s documentary film projects, the latest of which is a portrait of a Resistance fighter (Jean Pommier). When Pierre takes a lover (Lena Paugam), he feels entitled to do so, and he treats both wife and mistress with a disengagement bordering on disdain. However when Manon catches Pierre in the act, her immediate response is to find common ground with her husband. Garrel is an artist of intimacies and emotional ecologies, and with In the Shadow of Women he has added narrative intricacy and intrigue to his toolbox. The result is an exquisite jewel of a film.
“Exquisite” – Variety
“Elegantly engaging! Effortlessly evokes the world of Eric Rohmer and Francois Truffaut” – Screen International
“A work of considerable feeling and intensity.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Official Selection – Cannes Film Festival (Directors’ Fortnight)
Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival
Official Selection – New York Film Festival
Q&A with Delphine Selles-Alvarez, film programmer at French Institute Alliance Française