Paul Dedalus is at a crossroads in his life. He has to make several decisions; should he complete his doctorate, does he want to become a full professor, does he really love his long-standing girlfriend, or should he re-start with one of his other lovers? Is he avoiding the despairing life his father can’t escape from? –IMDb
Arnaud Desplechin is the son of Robert and Mado Desplechin, and grew up in the Nord department. He has a brother named Fabrice who has acted in several of his films, and two sisters: novelist Marie Desplechin and screenwriter Raphaëlle Desplechin.
Arnaud Desplechin studied film directing at the University of Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle, graduating in 1984. He made three short films inpsired by the work of the Belgian novelist Jean Ray, and became a great admirer of the films of Alain Resnais. During the late 1980s, Desplechin worked as a director of photography on several films.
In 1990, Desplechin directed La Vie des morts, starring several actors who would go on to appear in multiple Desplechin films, such as Marianne Dénicourt, Emmanuelle Devos, Emmanuel Salinger and Thibault de Montalembert. The 54-minute-long film won the Jean Vigo Prize for Short Films, and was shown at the Cannes Film Festival.
Desplechin’s first feature-length movie, La Sentinelle, premiered… read more
Running a messier course parallel to Assayas - at least here, floating between him and Eustache - Desplechin’s voluminous ensemble capriciously hones his piquant dashes of stylised verve, as with his nascent troupe (Amalric, Devos, Mastroianni, not counting Balibar) as among the elements that distinctly energise his precociously - if exceedingly - dense tapestry of frayed lovers and sexual psychology. Alas, ostensibly but an earlier extended play; it’s his Christmas Tale that enraptures today.