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.
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For me "Frontier of Dawn" is Garrel's definitive masterpiece! It is a melancholic and poignant summation of his career/life (thus far), thematically and aesthetically ...
GARREL + LUBTCHANSKY + B&W + GRAIN = CINEMA!!!
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".
In my humble opinion, I didn't liked the end. For sure is a great movie, with a good concept, great actors and language, but the way they have performed the end was a little bit sad in my perspective. Every time I watch a movie, I try somehow to place him between reality or in what may happen in some kind of someone's life, and in this movie I just think that was 'too much', at the end. But anyway is a great movie.