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579 Ratings

Frontier of Dawn

La frontière de l'aube

Directed by Philippe Garrel
France, 2008


François falls into a tumultuous relationship with rising film star Carole. When her husband returns from Hollywood, both the relationship and Carole’s mental health begin to deteriorate, ending in tragedy. In the aftermath, a phantom of the past re-emerges and threatens to destroy everything…

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Frontier of Dawn Directed by Philippe Garrel
Beyond being among the most crystalline and perfectly realised films of Garrel, very exact in its materialist abstraction (what year is it set in? how much fictional time does it cover?), Frontier of Dawn is also profound in its truly psychoanalytic insight into what haunts any ‘life transition.’
March 15, 2009
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There are a million conceivable ways to render this material trite, melodramatic, and laughable, but Garrel perfectly brings forth its eerie fatalism and its testament to love’s inextricably deceptive power to destroy.
March 08, 2009
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It’s a lovely work, suffused with a deep melancholy that seems etched into each of its beautifully lighted images.
March 05, 2009
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