In the Shadow of Women
Directed by Philippe Garrel
Starring Clotilde Courau, Stanislas Merhar, Léna Paugam, Vimala Pons and Mounir Margoum
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?
★★★½ review by iana on Letterboxd
★★★★ 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.
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