Carole, a celebrity neglected by her husband, falls for François, a young photographer. Returning from a business trip the husband surprises them, and the lovers have to end their relationship. Carole gradually drifts into madness and commits suicide.
One year later, a few hours before his wedding, François has a vision. It’s Carole, calling him from the other world. –IFC Films
Philippe Garrel is a French director, cinematographer, screenwriter, editor and producer. His movies have won him awards at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival and Venice Film Festival. He was born in Paris in 1948, the son of actor Maurice Garrel. He started his film career early directing and writing his first film Lés Enfants Désaccordés in 1964. Garrel met Nico in 1969 when she performed the song “The Falconer” for his film Le Lit de la Vierge and the couple were soon living together. Nico first appeared in the 1972 film La Cicatrice Intériure (aka the Inner Scar). Songs included in the film appear on Nico’s album Desertshore, which features stills from the film on the front and back covers. Nico appeared in a number of Garrel’s films after this. Their ten year relationship ended in 1979.
Prix Jean Vigo for the film L’Enfant Secret. He won Perspectives du Cinéma Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1984 for his 1983 film la Nuit Liberté. Over a ten year period, Garrel enjoyed… read more
L´amour fou by Garrel. A photographer who tries to imprison feelings, moments, time and falls in love with an erratic actress. The attempt to make the image static fails and the beloved image comes alive through mirror & dream and reality becomes mystic. Beautifully photographed and edited - the fragmented edition is full of symbolism. The image is transitory -and it may burn, but the feeling remains intact.
Garrel's keeps his focus right up in the cast's faces--forgoing cultural/artistic/historical context for inner turmoil. His contrasts keep the background of the city white, and it's just Francois and his looming fate that matters.
Pretty good till the supernatural part. Maybe if Carole wasn't so scaring inside (his mind?) the mirror ... What I specially like about this movie is that the story is very recent (she dies in 2007), but we feel in 70's, without any trace of modern life. Brazilian writer Nelson Rodrigues' words describe very well the movie: "love, if not eternal, wasn't love".
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Above: Louis Garrel, behind the camera, and Laura Smet in front of it, in Philippe Garrel's Frontier of Dawn. SPOILERS TO FOLLOW. As if in