In the Shadow of Women
Directed by Philippe Garrel
Pierre and Manon are poor. They make documentaries with nothing and they live by doing odd jobs. Pierre meets a young intern, Elisabeth, and she becomes his mistress. But Pierre will not leave Manon for Elisabeth; he wants to keep both.
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★★★★ review by Sean Gilman on Letterboxd
If it wasn't for infidelity, would there even be a French cinema?
★★★★ review by davidehrlich on Letterboxd
the words "it's a public screening" have never resounded with such impossible sadness.
the french may not have invented the love triangle, but they certainly shaped its angles... or something cute and stupid like that that i would use in a print blurb about this movie. anyway, Garrel needs only a brief 68 minutes to nail how these things usually go, and he's particularly spot on re: how male entitlement bleeds into casual cruelty. potent, endlessly re-watchable stuff. cuts deeper, sharper, and closer to the heart than JEALOUSY.
★★★★ review by Filipe Furtado on Letterboxd
Lena Paugan's gaze. The way that as usual Garrel's B&W cinematography imbue every movement with symbolic charge. All those stolen glances and gestures that suggest all of life is a bit of a Garrel film minus the suicide. Some has described this as Garrel's Woody Allen-type comedy but the film is less a comedy than it applies a sense of humor about his lead wounded ego and overall boorishness that moves Garrel closer to Hong's territory. His previous film was called Jealousy, but Merhar's casting (and he is wonderful as usual) makes it easier to connect this to Akerman's La Captive.
★★★★ review by Patrick Devitt on Letterboxd
I experienced 4D technology for the first time on 1/16/16. I can confirm that it does indeed work.
Undoubtedly a theater experience I will never get. A man, all the way in the corner of the front row, lit up a cigarette halfway into the film. People went and complained, and the man was kicked out of the theater. After the man had been kicked out, the theater reeked of the smell of cigarettes. Of all of the films playing in theaters right now, this was easily the most suiting film to light up during, as cigarettes are prominently featured throughout In the Shadow of Women. Every time a character would light up in the film, I would just take a deep breathe and I would immediately smell the scent of that rich nicotine in the air. In conclusion, 4D technology does work, but sadly movie theaters have to hire people to make this technology work.
★★★½ review by Milez Das on Letterboxd
Manon and Pierre have been in a relationship for a long time now. They both make documentary films together. Manon does the technical aspects of it and Pierre rest. Manon supports Pierre to the fullest even Pierre hasn't made any big or known documentary.
Their relationship currently at a stage of like mid life crisis. Pierre mostly just lies back and never wants to go out or anything. But one day Pierre meets Elisabeth with whom he starts an affair. While Pierre is in male ego and blames being a man for the affair and not regretting it, one day he finds out Manon too is also having an affair and this starts and series of fight, jealousy and they couple soon fade away.
As a story point of view there is really nothing new here. You can predict every move and every single frame in this movie. But what makes it still watchable is that it doesn't strain itself by making it too complicated. It is just beings back the old school relationship crisis and plays with it.
Even the runtime is just 73 minutes. It never wastes time on anything. It just slides away. The only disappointing thing that was for the ending. I really wanted to see a glimpse of that documentary.
Well the lead actor looked like Poor mans Sean Penn, but the ladies here are simply beautiful. I mean we are watching a French movie.
In the Shadow of Women offers nothing new, it just plays with the nostalgia of the old school story of a couple in their mid life crisis.
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