Winner of numerous international awards and garnering universal acclaim worldwide, Philippe Garrel’s Regular Lovers (Les amants réguliers) is a rapturous paean to France’s near-revolution of May ‘68 and its aftermath. Shooting in lustrous black and white, Garrel and legendary cinematographer William Lubtchansky capture the era’s ambiance with an opulent intimacy that suggests an apocryphal French New Wave opus, while sparring overtly with Bernardo Bertolucci’s controversial The Dreamers_. Leading a young cast who look and act uncannily period-perfect, the director’s son Louis Garrel (_The Dreamers, Dans Paris, Ma mère) confirms himself as one of the hottest new French performers of the moment. Garrel the younger plays François, a student-slash-poet grappling with the tumult—and the doomed romance—of the infamous Parisian riots. After the movement implodes, everyday reality hits with a crash: François is hauled in for draft-dodging, falls in love with aloof sculptor Lilie (Clotilde Hesme), while the well-heeled Antoine can only pass the opium pipe. Regular Lovers is a stunning re-imagining of a misunderstood “golden” age, painstakingly crafted with a combination of bitter nostalgia and an austere yet romantic vision of Paris by night and day. —Zeitgeist 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
"So it is how you go through history, and how history wounds you and how love saves you and then loses you again, like history nearly did."
Problems: 1st some ideias and stories weren't well developed, after Llile appear, the ideia revolution gets lost, and some characters just come and go without explanations. 2nd It is kind of too utopic, the revolution and the life they take... 3th: I thought François could have had a really important function as a revolutionary,.as a poet, as an intelectual. It passed of a political story to a love story.
Partying to Dirty Pretty Things’ “Truth Begins” and featuring Monica Bellucci, this is another of Garrel’s unforgettable dance sequences.
Middle East protests, Philippe Garrel’s Les Amants réguliers, and Paris in May ’68…how can a film become a newsreel?
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"I had a lover,I don't think I'll risk anotherThese days, these days.And if I seem to be afraidTo live the life that I have made in songIt