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904 Ratings


La jalousie

Directed by Philippe Garrel
France, 2013
Drama, Romance


Shot in lustrous black and white, Jealousy opens with a man (Louis Garrel) leaving his wife and daughter and, in a series of brief conversations, observed gestures, chance encounters and impulsive acts, tells the story of the relationships that flounder and thrive in the wake of this decision.

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Jealousy Directed by Philippe Garrel
The fists of Louis Garrel kept onscreen for the entire interval between standing up and sitting down again, the countless thresholds that linger after the characters have long passed, the daughter that survives as a fruit of a marriage that no longer exists… all these elements hide not only the evidence of a surprisingly bressonian Garrel, but also the traces of a world whose internal disjointed nature is the cause of its very ruin.
October 23, 2014
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…Louis [the character] obviously has a type, yet the movie suggests that he can never be happy in a domestic situation for long because he hasn’t yet gotten over being abandoned by his father. (Garrel himself has been in several long-term relationships, most notably with the pop singer Nico and with actress Brigitte Sy, Louis Garrel’s mother.) On a related note, the movie makes clear why the little girl would bond so quickly with Claudia—the new woman is just like her mother.
August 27, 2014
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The film’s 77 minutes, shot in an autumnal, woolly, Bergmanesque black-and-white, watch them do nothing much — alone together, or her with friends, or him with his young daughter and other actors. There’s a casualness at work here that’s absorbing because Garrel doesn’t make a moment mean more than it ought to.
August 19, 2014
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