Pierre and Manon are poor. They make documentaries with nothing and they live by doing odd jobs. Pierre meets a young intern, Elisabeth, and she becomes his mistress. But Pierre will not leave Manon for Elisabeth; he wants to keep both.
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FNC '15 Garrel brings us the story of a narcissistic man unable to cope with his wife's infidelity not seeing the hypocrisy in his behaviour with his latest mistress. Merhar, who until the final moments may be playing the Golem, gives us a character easy to loathe but also easy to see what the women in his life are attracted to. Courau is magnificent amongst a strong cast and beautiful b&w camera work by Berta.
one of the greatest films ever made...this is a movie by a man trying to make amends not for himself but for cinema, this corrupted art of male dominion, this is the first time garrel is fully working dialectally, asking us to question images..but they're not just garrel images, they're ones we've seen all through the history of cinema, written and directed by men...an extensive piece coming soon...
I suspect that the heavenly-envision'd nobody-would-have-dared-imagine collaboration between Philippe Garrel and über-scenarist Jean-Claude Carrière is responsible for a kind of conceptual bird's-eye-view marionette-play sensibility here, as well as a radical concision. Garrel has never previously served a cut w/ this little fat on it. And this is in strictest respect comédie. The least haunted Garrel I have seen.
[REVIEW] 76/100 - In The Shadow of Women (Phillipe Garrel, France)
The hard-to-digest ending does little to stultify one’s experience of the film, which is undoubtedly well put together.
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It is a film that, in all its right, chooses to remain uncomplex towards its complex characters. However, there is nothing left but that, and this kind of human quasi-drama lollygagging ouroboros is brutally uninteresting. Good ending. It's a decent approach to a distinctly classical (and french) trope but also - especially at this point in a career - what does this really offer?